Plan Your Visit

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Museum Hours

General Admission Hours 

The Franklin Institute is open daily from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, and December 25. Closed for private events on November 27, December 14, and December 15.

The Art of the Brick Additional Evening Hours: Select Thursdays - Saturdays, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (last entry ticket at 6:30 pm).

Tickets Daily Schedule  Museum Map

Museum Updates

An exciting exhibit reimagination is underway at The Franklin Institute! Please note the following as you plan your visit:  

  • The Giant Heart and Electricity exhibits are now closed to prepare for an all-new exhibit on the human body featuring the iconic Giant Heart, opening in November. 
  • The Train Factory exhibit remains closed. In November, it will reopen as the new Hamilton Collections Gallery, a collections-based experience surrounding the Baldwin Locomotive 60,000. 

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Know Before Arriving

  • Skip the lines: Buy tickets in advance and guarantee your preferred times!
  • Be a member: Members do not pay services fees! Book online or call 215-448-1200 to get tickets at your convenience. 
  • Best Time to Visit: School groups are most active Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. During the summer, summer camps are most active Monday through Wednesday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Consider visiting later in the afternoon on these days for a more relaxed atmosphere.
  • Make the most of your visit: We offer specially crafted itineraries, planned just for you! 

For more information on how to make the best out of our visit, visit our frequently asked questions page.

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The Franklin Institute is located in Center City Philadelphia, at the intersection of 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Onsite parking is limited, and $25 per vehicle. TFI Members save $10!

271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Learn about the museum's accessible entrances and seating, logistics for parking and wheelchairs, sensory-friendly options, and more.

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Stroller Policy

Strollers are welcome in the museum. However, large toddler carriers, double-sided strollers, and jogging strollers are not recommended in special exhibition galleries due to space constraints.

Experience Live Science Shows & Dissections

Plan your day at The Franklin Institute with our Daily Programs & Shows Schedule. This schedule will show you things to do and see during your visit including live shows, dissections, and Planetarium show times.

Learn more about our Live Science Demonstrations

Daily Schedule

Live Science in Musser Theater

Explore the Night Sky in the Fels Planetarium

Look up and see what the actual night sky would look like without the interference of weather, pollution, or city lights. The immensity and clarity of the view create a sense of wonder and stimulate the imagination. Engaging shows and immersive visuals and sound educate young and old alike about astronomy and our place in the universe.

Current Planetarium Shows

Fels Planetarium
The Eatery

Where to Eat and Stay

Dining & Lodging

Plan Your Visit - Plan a Field Trip to The Franklin Institute!

Plan Your Field Trip

Group Visits

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Plan an Event

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