The Franklin Institute

Visitors crank their bike pedals to compete in a virtual course over uphill and downhill terrain as they learn about bike efficiency in the popular SportsZone exhibit at The Franklin Institute.

In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

Science and technology are essential to providing students with a solid academic foundation, and to helping adults understand critical issues so that they can make informed decisions. The Franklin Institute is committed to providing resources that enable students, families and adults to engage with science and technology in creative ways that resonate with all learners, and making these resources as widely available as possible. 

In the 196 years since its founding, the Institute has become an anchor among Philadelphia’s cultural organizations, a partner in the region’s self-directed science learning efforts, and an educational resource that welcomes everyone in the community, regardless of means. Serving nearly 1 million students, families and educators each year, the Institute is the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Institute looks forward to continuing to fulfill its mission to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology and to shape the next generation of scientists.

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