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The Franklin Institute Science Museum Tours

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The Franklin Institute Science Museum
One of the country’s first science museums, the Franklin Institute takes its name from inventor and former Philadelphian Benjamin Franklin. Today, it serves as an entertaining and educational destination for visitors of all ages—its hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, planetarium, and other offerings make it a family-friendly must.

The Basics
Founded in 1824 and spread across three floors, the Franklin Institute is Pennsylvania’s most-visited museum—no surprise, given its wealth of activities and exhibitions designed to encourage curiosity. Experience its exhibits, which range from a SportsZone and rooftop Joel N. Bloom Observatory to the museum’s famed immersive Giant Heart. Test your skills at either of its two escape rooms, and visit the IMAX Dome Theater and 60-foot-wide (18-meter-wide) Fels Planetarium. Prebook tickets to avoid lines at the door.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Save time and prebook general museum access—as well as tickets to screenings, temporary exhibitions, and special events—online or over the phone.
  • The Franklin Foodworks on-site cafeteria is open daily for lunch, and offers a range of options; the museum also hosts an express dining kiosk.
  • The Franklin Institute’s free mobile app makes it easy to plan a museum visit; it also lets you explore the galleries using virtual-reality features.
  • The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial is located directly within the museum’s rotunda.
  • The Franklin Institute is accessible to wheelchair users and has wheelchairs available to rent.

How to Get There
The Franklin Institute is located on Logan Square. It’s served by numerous bus lines, including the 7, 32, 33, 38, and 49. It's about a half-mile (.8 kilometers) from Suburban Station and the 19th Street trolley station, for a five-minute walk. Alternatively, reach the museum by car (the museum has a paid, on-site parking garage), by bike, or on foot.

When to Get There
The Franklin Institute is open daily from morning to early evening, with last admission an hour and a half before close. It is also open Thursday–Saturday evenings. The museum is closed annually on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. As it offers a busy schedule of special events, as well as temporary exhibitions, it’s worth planning repeat visits.

Events at the Franklin Institute
In addition to its temporary exhibitions, the Franklin Institute hosts a wide range of special events. Highlights include live-science demonstrations, special after-hours openings, an ongoing speaker series, night-sky observatory activities, film screenings, and more.
Address: 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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13 Tours and Activities to Experience The Franklin Institute Science Museum

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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

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Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit Philadelphia’s top attractions—like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall—on a full loop. Select from a 1-, 2-, or 3-day pass. Board at any of the stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live commentary. A route map and courtesy shuttle from Center City hotels are included.
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Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass with Hop On Hop Off Tour

Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass with Hop On Hop Off Tour

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Choose from 1, 2, 3, or 5 days of unlimited sightseeing with the Philadelphia Pass, and cover top attractions like the Philadelphia Zoo or the Eastern State Penitentiary with a single package ticket. The pass is easily downloaded to your mobile device, so you can ditch the complicated vouchers. Explore the city of brotherly love at your own leisure—ideal for tourists and residents alike. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the number of days purchased.
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

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See the sights of Philadelphia at your own pace with a 2-day hop-on hop-off tour that includes admission to Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. With the hop-on hop-off pass, you'll enjoy easy transportation to 27 stops around the city with live commentary by guides on board the double-decker bus. Get off at the attractions that interest you, such as the Rocky Steps, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell, to learn about the history and culture of one of the oldest cities in the U.S.
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Double Decker Bus Tour of Philadelphia

Double Decker Bus Tour of Philadelphia

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Experience the History! Enjoy the sites of Philadelphia with a live Tour Guide on board our authentic Double Decker Buses. Due to COVID-19, the ability to hop-on hop-off is suspended until further notice.
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Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo

Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo

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Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit 27 of Philadelphia’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — on a 1.5-hour loop. Select from a 1- or 2-day pass, then board at any of the 27 stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary. After dinner (own expense), enjoy the city as it’s illuminated for the evening on a ‘Philly by Night Tour.’ Pickup and drop-off from select hotels included.
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Philadelphia Highlights Running Tour

Philadelphia Highlights Running Tour

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Join me for a 4 mile run sprinkled with stories most Philadelphians don’t even know! Rather than feeling like a tourist, you’ll become a local weaving through the streets of Philly with me. In addition to being America's first capital and Ben Franklin’s hometown, did you know Philly invented the Cowboy Hat and Fast Food? We explore those little known facts and hundreds more. I'll tie together the unique Philly story as we run through its 5 main squares and tap into common themes like freedom, inclusion, reinvention, pop culture and many American Firsts. Philly's beautiful, flat & straight streets are full of history - perfect for running tours! Whether you're here on vacation, business or even a local, there's no better way to learn about Philly while breaking a sweat! This tour is more fulfilling than running on a hotel treadmill and better than getting lost in the city alone. You'll receive a detailed map overview (PDF) of 50 sites from our run to help you explore further!
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Philadelphia Museums Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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Philadelphia Self-Guided Audio Tour

Philadelphia Self-Guided Audio Tour

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This fascinating tour of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, features such famous sights as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House, alleged to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross purportedly lived when she sewed the first American Flag. You will also see the Franklin Institute, the Masonic Temple, Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia History Museum, Declaration House, the place where Thomas Jefferson drafted the original Declaration of Independence, the National Constitution Centre,and Elfreth's Alley. This tour is full of fascinating sights to savour. Your tour. Your way.
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BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia

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Go Philadelphia Explorer Pass

Go Philadelphia Explorer Pass

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See some of Philadelphia's top attractions at a discount with The Philadelphia Pass. Select your choice of three, four, five, or seven activities from a list of options and get direct entrance after you save your pass on your mobile device. Use your pass for touring options such as the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour, or for entrance tickets to venues such as the African American Museum, Betsy Ross House, or Philadelphia Zoo. Passes are valid for one year from purchase date and you have 60 consecutive days from first use. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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This Historical Double Decker Tour & Authentic Campo's Philly Steak Combo allow's you to experience the rich history and legendary sights of Philadelphia with an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak at stop 27 on the tour at Philadelphia's beloved Compo's. Experience local guides that offer live commentary as you travel a 90 minute loop to 28 different stops highlighting Philadelphia's 100 most popular attractions, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the US Mint. Aboard the double-decker bus, a 360-degree view of Philadelphia will leave you speechless and entertained while you soak up the history, heritage and beauty of one of America's oldest cities.
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Philadelphia Double Decker Night & Day Tour with Campo's Philly Cheesesteak

Philadelphia Double Decker Night & Day Tour with Campo's Philly Cheesesteak

Get the best of the city by experiencing the top attractions in Philadelphia during the day, and the twinkling lights during the night! Experience local guides that offer live commentary as you travel a 90-minute loop to 28 different stops highlighting Philadelphia’s 100 most popular attractions, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the US Mint. Experience Philadelphia with an authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak at stop 27 on the tour at Philadelphia’s beloved Campo’s. Aboard the double-decker bus, a 360-degree view of Philadelphia at night will leave you speechless and entertained while you soak up the dazzling lit up buildings, history, heritage, and beauty of one of America’s oldest cities in the night. Have the option to Hop on, Hop off during the day! Night tour is not a Hop on, Hop off tour. Night Tour may be operated by Philadelphia Big Bus.
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Night & Day Tour of Philadelphia by Double Decker Bus

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Get the best of the city by experiencing the top attractions in Philadelphia during the day, and the twinkling lights during the night! Experience local guides that offer live commentary as you travel a 90-minute loop to 28 different stops highlighting Philadelphia’s 100 most popular attractions, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the US Mint. Aboard the double-decker bus, a 360-degree view of Philadelphia at night will leave you speechless and entertained while you soak up the dazzling lit up buildings, history, heritage, and beauty of one of America’s oldest cities in the night. Have the option to Hop on, Hop off during the day! Night tour is not a Hop on, Hop off tour. Night Tour may be operated by Philadelphia Big Bus.
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