Named for Benjamin Franklin, this is one of the country’s oldest science museums (the Franklin Institute has been in existence since 1824, and they officially broke ground on the museum in the 1930’s). Inside, you’ll find a slew of permanent and traveling science exhibits exploring everything from virtual reality to biology to engineering, plus a full IMAX theatre and a recently remodeled planetarium. There’s plenty for littles to explore here, but older kids are big fans of their escape rooms, which can be booked in advance.

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