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Joining The Franklin Institute through a Benefactor Society membership is an excellent way to combine membership benefits at one of the world's most prestigious museums with a charitable gift that will help enrich the lives of thousands of children. Benefactor Society members represent a group of people who are highly committed to bringing science and technology learning to the largest audience possible. They help extend our reach far beyond the museum doorsteps by funding a multitude of initiatives and programs.

Your generous gift to The Benefactor Society will help enrich the lives of hundreds of thousands of children as they learn about science and develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the world around them.

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All members of The Benefactor Society receive the following benefits:

  • Dedicated Benefactor Concierge Service to help plan a visit to the museum
  • Subscription to Spectacles Member Newsletter, Illuminations Donor Newsletter, and the Benefactor Bulletin
  • Recognition in the Institute's Annual Report, onscreen in the Tuttleman IMAX® theater, and on The Benefactor Society plaques adjacent to The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
  • Preferential purchasing for tickets to The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner

Pendulum Partners - $1,500 ($788 is tax-deductible)

You will enjoy...

  • Unlimited admission to the Science Museum, daily demonstrations, Fels Planetarium, and SkyBike for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests
  • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
  • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute Parking Garage Vouchers for use in The Franklin Institute's onsite garage
  • Set of 12 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
  • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
  • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
  • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
  • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
  • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
  • Membership rates for additional workshops, Discovery Camp, birthday parties, Camp-In, feature films, and lectures
  • 10% discount in Museum gift shop and restaurants
  • Free admission to more than 250 ASTC science museums

With a gift of $1,500, you can enable 140 students and 10 teachers from a financially challenged school to visit The Franklin Institute and enjoy world-class exhibits and outstanding hands-on science education for free.

Baldwin Circle - $3,000 ($2,183 is tax-deductible)

You will enjoy...

  • Unlimited admission to the Science Museum, daily demonstrations, Fels Planetarium, and SkyBike for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests
  • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
  • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute Parking Garage Vouchers for use in The Franklin Institute's onsite garage
  • Set of 12 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
  • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
  • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
  • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
  • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
  • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
  • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
  • Membership rates for additional workshops, Discovery Camp, birthday parties, Camp-In, feature films, and lectures
  • 10% discount in Museum gift shop and restaurants
  • Free admission to more than 250 ASTC science museums
  • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)

With a gift of $3,000, you can enable 280 students and 20 teachers from financially challenged schools to visit The Franklin Institute and enjoy world-class exhibits and outstanding hands-on science education for free.

Celestial Circle - $5,000 ($3,699 is tax-deductible)

You will enjoy...

  • Unlimited admission to the Science Museum, daily demonstrations, Fels Planetarium, and SkyBike for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests
  • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
  • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute Parking Garage Vouchers for use in The Franklin Institute's onsite garage
  • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
  • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
  • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
  • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
  • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
  • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
  • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
  • Membership rates for additional workshops, Discovery Camp, birthday parties, Camp-In, feature films, and lectures
  • 10% discount in Museum gift shop and restaurants
  • Free admission to more than 250 ASTC science museums
  • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
  • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
  • Complimentary Premier membership to give as a gift to a friend or family member

With a gift of $5,000, you can enable 450 students and 50 teachers from financially challenged schools to visit The Franklin Institute and enjoy world-class exhibits and outstanding hands-on science education for free.

Ambassador Circle - $10,000 ($8,699 is tax-deductible)

You will enjoy...

  • Unlimited admission to the Science Museum, daily demonstrations, Fels Planetarium, and SkyBike for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests
  • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
  • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute Parking Garage Vouchers for use in The Franklin Institute's onsite garage
  • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
  • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
  • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
  • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
  • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
  • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
  • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
  • Membership rates for additional workshops, Discovery Camp, birthday parties, Camp-In, feature films, and lectures
  • 10% discount in Museum gift shop and restaurants
  • Free admission to more than 250 ASTC science museums
  • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
  • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
  • Complimentary Premier membership to give as a gift to a friend or family member
  • 20% discount on the rental of an Institute facility for your private event (exclusive of catering and related expenses)
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's Curatorial Collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® Projection Room (maximum of 10 people)

With a gift of $10,000, you can enable 900 students and 100 teachers from financially challenged schools to visit The Franklin Institute and enjoy world-class exhibits and outstanding hands-on science education for free.

Kite and Key Circle - $15,000 ($13,459 is tax-deductible)

You will enjoy...

  • Unlimited admission to the Science Museum, daily demonstrations, Fels Planetarium, and SkyBike for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests
  • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
  • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute Parking Garage Vouchers for use in The Franklin Institute's onsite garage
  • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
  • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
  • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
  • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
  • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
  • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
  • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
  • Membership rates for additional workshops, Discovery Camp, birthday parties, Camp-In, feature films, and lectures
  • 10% discount in Museum gift shop and restaurants
  • Free admission to more than 250 ASTC science museums
  • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
  • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
  • 2 complimentary Premier memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
  • 20% discount on the rental of an Institute facility for your private event (exclusive of catering and related expenses)
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's Curatorial Collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® Projection Room (maximum of 10 people)

With a gift of $15,000, you can enable 1,350 students and 150 teachers from financially challenged schools to visit The Franklin Institute and enjoy world-class exhibits and outstanding hands-on science education for free.

Franklin Fellows - $25,000 ($21,749 is tax-deductible)

You will enjoy...

  • Unlimited admission to the Science Museum, daily demonstrations, Fels Planetarium, and SkyBike for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests
  • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
  • Franklin Institute Garage Access Card for unlimited parking in the onsite garage
  • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
  • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
  • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
  • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
  • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
  • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
  • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
  • Membership rates for additional workshops, Discovery Camp, birthday parties, Camp-In, feature films, and lectures
  • 10% discount in Museum gift shop and restaurants
  • Free admission to more than 250 ASTC science museums
  • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
  • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
  • 2 complimentary Premier memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
  • Complimentary rental of an Institute facility for your private event (based on availability, exclusive of catering and related expenses)
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's Curatorial Collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® Projection Room (maximum of 10 people)
  • 2 tickets to The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner, including 2 reserved seats in Franklin Hall for the Awards presentation and invitation to the Awards Preview Party
  • Invitation to a private lunch for 4 people with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
  • Your own personal sponsored day at The Franklin Institute, enabling a very special group of students to enjoy a field trip

With a gift of $25,000, you can enable 2,100 students and 400 teachers from financially challenged schools to visit The Franklin Institute and enjoy world-class exhibits and outstanding hands-on science education for free.

Inventors Circle - $50,000 ($45,963 is tax-deductible)

You will enjoy...

  • Unlimited admission to the Science Museum, daily demonstrations, Fels Planetarium, and SkyBike for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests
  • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
  • Franklin Institute Garage Access Card for unlimited parking in the onsite garage
  • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
  • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
  • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
  • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
  • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
  • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
  • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
  • Membership rates for additional workshops, Discovery Camp, birthday parties, Camp-In, feature films, and lectures
  • 10% discount in Museum gift shop and restaurants
  • Free admission to more than 250 ASTC science museums
  • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
  • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
  • 2 complimentary Premier memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
  • Complimentary rental of an Institute facility for your private event (based on availability, exclusive of catering and related expenses)
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's Curatorial Collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® Projection Room (maximum of 10 people)
  • 4 tickets to The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner, including 4 reserved seats in Franklin Hall for the Awards presentation and invitation to the Awards Preview Party
  • Invitation to a private lunch for 4 people with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
  • Your own personal sponsored day at The Franklin Institute, enabling a very special group of students to enjoy a field trip

With a gift of $50,000, you can enable 4,500 students and 500 teachers from financially challenged schools to visit The Franklin Institute and enjoy world-class exhibits and outstanding hands-on science education for free.


*not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

For more information, please contact Julie Appolloni, Director of Individual Giving, by email at jappolloni@fi.edu or by telephone at 215.448.1157.