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Discover Philadelphia wheelchair accessible attractions, things to do, city guides, tours and activities for disabled travelers including the Franklin Institute. Read our informative accessibility reviews and ratings of popular Philadelphia attractions and destinations to learn which attractions are wheelchair accessible and wheelchair friendly, as well as which locations Jim recommends should be avoided by travelers in wheelchairs.

The Franklin Institute is a science museum and the center of science education and research in Philadelphia. It is named after the American scientist and statesman, Benjamin Franklin, and houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States.

Accessibility Information

  1. City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible:         Yes
  2. Fully Accessible Entry:                                      Yes: Use 20th Street Entrance
  3. Accessible Restrooms Onsite:                          Yes
  4. Restrictive Steps:                                                No

Jim’s Accessibility Comments:

The Franklin Institute is very wheelchair friendly!

Accessible entrances to The Franklin Institute are located at the 20th Street business entrance (just to the right of the front steps) or via the parking garage elevators into the Bartol Atrium. Entrance for the Tuttleman IMAX® Theater is via the IMAX® exit, 3rd level atrium. The door will open approximately 10 minutes prior to showtime.

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located at Wisdom Hall, Atrium 2nd level, Planetarium Lobby 1st level, Lunchroom area 1st level and 4th level.

Van accessible parking for vehicles over 6 feet with handicapped parking placards or license plates can be arranged by calling the garage office at (215) 448-1391.

Normally all exhibits are fully wheelchair accessible. (In July 2017 the Mirror Maze is not accessible because the maze is too narrow).