Center City Kids' Directory

The Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The Franklin Institute features the famous walk-through Giant Heart and exhibits called Space Command, Sports Challenge, and Train Factory. It also has the Tuttleman IMAX Theater and a brand new 3D digital Franklin Theater. It is the home of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. 

Additionally, in the summer of 2014, the new Karabots wing was added to the museum. The Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion houses classroom space, a gallery for special exhibitions and a permanent exhibit on neuroscience called Your Brain, a perfect complement to The Giant Heart. Your Brain features an 18-foot tall web of neural networks and boggles your mind with optical illusions. Navigate a busy street scene, filled with multisensory illusions, that literally turns your world upside down. With over 70 interactive experiences, visitors of all ages will discover the foundations of a science that is revealing new questions every day.

Photo by K. Ciappa for GPTMC.

Birthday Parties
The Franklin Institute has birthday parties down to a science! Birthday parties include a guided scavenger hunt, a make-and-take science activity for each party goer, and your choice of a theater film! Party themes based on traveling exhibitions are also available. Skip the fuss and order a complete birthday cake and food package from their in-house caterer, Frog Commissary. For more information, visit

Summer Camps
Kids get the opportunity to experience all the fun and excitement of Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, at its summer camp! Discovery Camp is a popular summertime destination for kids, with a program designed to encourage campers to see the science in the world around them, often in innovative and unexpected ways. Activities focus on generating excitement about the sciences and nurturing campers' spirits of inquiry and discovery. No matter where science fits into their future plans, the scientific discoveries that campers make at Discovery Camp will enrich their lives forever. For summer camp schedules and pricing information, visit

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1 Parents' Reviews

Phillyfan on Aug 16, 2010
Good for Toddlers & Pre-K, School-Age Kids

The only place in the world where your kids can drive a 350-ton locomotive.

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