Why are pill bottles orange? What makes a bouncy ball bounce? Find answers to these mind-bending questions and explore more about how plastics can be adapted and modified to handle virtually any task imaginable.
Experience an evolving suite of after-hours events carefully curated with adults in mind.
On-Site parking is limited.
271 North 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Franklin Institute is located in Center City Philadelphia, at the intersection of 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Plan your day at The Franklin Institute with our Daily Programs & Shows Schedule. This schedule will show you things to do and see during your visit including live shows, dissections, 3D printing, simulators, movies, & more.
Take a deeper dive into the science of attraction! Explore research about the complex biological and psychological components of sex, gender, love, attraction, and long-term relationships.
WATCH: How a science teacher inspired Rachel Valletta to become an environmental scientist.
Travel with us on an immersive trip to Southern California to discover leading science sites, from Caltech to SpaceX.
Want to experience The Franklin Institute’s brand of interactive science in your school or community? Book a show with our Traveling Science Team!
With intrepid explorer Carsten Peter, travel across the globe to discover molten worlds and exploding craters in this adrenaline-filled, immersive IMAX® adventure!
Take a look at the sun through our historic Zeiss refracting telescope and learn more about telescopes and astronomy
Avoid long ticketing lines by securing discounted and free tickets in advance. There are no service fees for members! Check in is a breeze when you have your tickets printed, displayed on your smartphone, or waiting for you at will-call.
Purchase tickets or call a membership representative (available daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm) at 215.448.1200, Option 2.
Experience hands-on demonstrations in technology, engineering, and design. Engineered in partnership with TE Connectivity, it builds the technical and critical thinking skills essential for engineering a sustainable future.
Take a Virtual Reality ride to the Moon. Do a barrel roll and fly upside down. Fly with the Blue Angels in San Francisco. Do all this in our 3 Simulator Experiences inside The Franklin Air Show exhibit.