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The Franklin Institute

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The Barnes Foundation

Both are recommended by travel writers. On balance, The Barnes Foundation scores significantly higher than The Franklin Institute. The Barnes Foundation comes in at 97 with praise from 10 publications like Where, Atlas Obscura and Frommer's.

Both are recommended by travel writers. On balance, The Barnes Foundation scores significantly higher than The Franklin Institute. The Barnes Foundation comes in at 97 with praise from 10 publications like Where, Atlas Obscura and Frommer's.

tripexpert score
92
#5 in Philadelphia
location

222 N 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

endorsements
  • 10 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Be diligent about spending some time at Pennsylvania’s most visited museum. Full Review →

  • 68

    Atlas Obscura

    A daily replay of the experiment that proved the rotation of the Earth.  Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Founded more than 175 years ago to honor Benjamin Franklin, this science museum is as clever as its namesake, thanks to an abundance of dazzling hands-on exhibits. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    The Franklin Institute isn't just kid stuff. All ages love this thoroughly imaginative trip through the world of science. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 54

    Founded in 1824 to teach science to artisans and mechanics, the Franklin Institute and its museum have made science entertaining. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Philadelphia

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

  • 10 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Includes more paintings by Renoir than anywhere else in the world, and more works by Cézanne than in all the museums of Paris. Full Review →

  • 68

    Atlas Obscura

    Dr Barnes' $25 billion private collection of art and arboretum.  Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    While the statistics are impressive—81 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 7 Van Goghs, 6 Seurats (and many more)—almost more inspiring is this soaring marble-and-glass museum. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    This world-renown museum is stuffed with some 8,000 largely Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    In a superb contemporary building (Todd Williams and Billie Tsienelle) is the exceptional collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, including work by Renoir, Cézanne and 60 by Matisse. Full Review →

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