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Academy of Natural Sciences - Philadelphia

Located on Logan Circle at 19th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway.  Open 7 days a week from 10am, admission is adults $10, ages 3-12 $8.50, 2 and under free (215-299-1000).

Click here for the floor plan and here for information just for families.
This link has a map, directions and parking

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Dinosaur Hall is their must see. They also offer birthday parties and safari overnight museum sleepovers!  If you have dino lovers their gift shop is a treasure trove. 

The Franklin Institute - Philadelphia

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Ok - we all remember the heart!  Not only can you still walk through it, there were major renovations and enhancements completed in 2004.

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Add trains, planes, weather, electricity, the Fels Planetarium & an Imax and you have a winner! Located at 20th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway (215-448-1200), it is open 7 days a week 9:30-5. Admission is $13.75 for adults, $11 for kids 4-11 & seniors. It’s an additional $5 to include an IMAX show.  Here is a link to the exhibits, click here for the Imax and here for the Fels PlanetariumSee here for a birthday party for 5-8 year olds

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The Please Touch Museum - Philadelphia

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A museum for children 1-7 years of age offering educational and entertaining hands-on exhibits

including a bus to “drive”, a miniature grocery store and a television studio. Located at 21st and Race Streets the museum is open 7 days a week from 9-4:30 closing only for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days (215-963-0424). Admission is $9.95, children age 1 and under are free. Click here for directions, here for exhibit info.

The Mutter Museum - Philadelphia

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If a collection of over 20,000 objects, including fluid-preserved anatomical specimens, is your cup of tea

then head on over to 19 South 22nd Street- there truly is nothing else on earth quite like the Mutter. Run by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Mutter is described as disturbingly informative - it is open 7 days 10-5, admission is $12 for adults, $8 children 6-18 and seniors, free for those 6 and under (215-563-3737). Given the nature of the exhibits, it may not be appropriate for those under 6 - but your teen-agers will love it!

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association of childrens museums

Visit the web site for the Association of Children’s Museums to find places to go with your kids no matter where you travel.  It lists only member museums but it gives you a good starting point if you don’t know an area well.

Delaware Museum of Natural History - Greenville

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Located on Rt. 52 - Kennett Pike - near Winterthur, the Delawaer Museum of Natural History (658-9111) is open Mon-Sat 9:30-4:30, Sunday Noon-4:30.  They are closed only on New Years Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is $6 adults,

$4 seniors, $5 children 3-17, under 2 are free.  Click here for upcoming exhibits and here for information about hosting your child’s birthday party at the museum.

Delaware History Museum - Wilmington

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The Delaware History Museum is located in the old Woolworth building at 5th and Market Streets in Wilmington (656-0637). They get the prize for the most confusing web site we have seen lately. 

They mix the History Museum with the Historical Society with Grandma’s Attic with “Distinctly Delaware”- but it looks like the Kid’s Museum - Grandma’s Attic is open Tues-Friday 11-4 and the third Saturday of each month 10-4. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 kids.  In Grandma’s Attic kids can try on vintage clothes, play with historic games and toys, enjoy discovery rooms and an attached market and 1940s style kitchen where pretend play is the order of the day.  Suggested age is 12 and under, we think it is probably more like 8 and under.

Hagley Museum
Hagley is not geared towards children but they do have field trip tours for school groups that focus on history. Hagley is mostly an “outdoor” experience and is nice for family outings or when you have out of town guests. See the Hagley events listing here

Greenbank Mill
An historic mill that illustrates life between 1790 and 1830. Not specifically aimed at children but they do have year-round events. See the Greenbank Mill calendar here.