On a recent weekend trip into Philadelphia with my daughter we decided to go check out The Franklin Institute. We had visited this museum a year or so ago and my daughter really enjoyed all the interactive exhibits and of course all the other kids running around. I have always likes science museums and this is really one of the best ones I’ve ever been to. Plus they are notorious for having quite a few penny press machines, and was one of the first 8-design touch screen machine I had used (click here to read all about it).
Hanna and I did explore the entire museum, but just so you know most of the machines can actually be accessed right in the main Atrium shown above with no admission required (but if you park in their garage there is a fee). Now I know I have a habit of calling these penny press machines which in most situations is correct, but more and more machines have been made available where the supply a coin like token instead. So technically these machines were token presses but they work exactly the same.
The first machine was located right by the elevators that take you down to the parking garage below the museum. This machine had four designs and each were $1.
The designs on this first set included the Liberty Bell, City of Brotherly Love Philadelphia, I Heart The Franklin Institute, and Fels Planetarium.
Just a few feet away was the second machine sitting right beside the Information Desk. These designs were also $1 each.
The images available in this set: The Train Factory, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Our Carbon Footprint, and the Philadelphia Phillies logo.
The next machine is situated in great location just outside the Restrooms. I’m not sure why places put the machines here (seems very common) but I guess it’s to guarantee foot traffic. These were also $1 each.
The designs on this set included the Joel M Bloom Observatory, Benjamin Franklin, Sir Isaac’s Loft and the Air Show.
I know I gave a link about this 8-Design machine above but couldn’t help including it in this post as well. Please note that this machine is no longer near the Pendulum Staircase (which required admission), it is now located near the Restrooms (yay!) as well (no admission required).
I really do like these new machines and I couldn’t resist pressing another set. It does take cash, credit or Apple Pay which is what I used and it worked perfectly.
As a recap this museum really is a great place to visit and an easy way to spend an afternoon with your kids (or just by yourself). The exhibits are fantastic, the special exhibits are even better, plus you can press 20 new tokens all within a 100 foot radius.
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I’m commenting here because I did not find any contacts or something.
I wanted to ask about two pressed coins that I found in a very old wallet. One of them has Philadelphia liberty bell imprinted on it and the other one has USA on it.
So if you could tell me more about those coins, please contact me through email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you photos photos of them.
P. S. I’m sorry if there are mistakes in the letter. English is not my first language.
Hi Kotryna. I’ll send you an email shortly. I will try my best to help identify them but there are so many designs and locations it may be a little difficult. Thanks for reaching out.