The Franklin Institute

Things to Do at The Franklin Institute in August

A music-art-science festival, live science shows, Marvel final weeks, and so much more!
Live Science Show boy with liquid nitrogen

Summer’s not over yet!  The days are still long - and we’ve got plenty of things for you to experience at our museum.  And we’re not just talking about Philly’s favorite exhibits, like the Giant Heart, the Train Factory, SportsZone or Space Command.  You don’t want to miss out on these:

Night Skies August 13
Come explore the Night Skies with us!  Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live science talk on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities, and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers, and free star maps are provided.  This month Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will be discussing "Perseids and Artemis" and giving us the best advice for seeing the Perseids meteors. You’ll also get a close look at our next ‘home away from home’ and learn how NASA plans to put ‘boots in the craters’ in just 4 years!"

Night Skies on Roof


Community Night August 19
We invite you to visit The Franklin Institute for free on Community Nights! Everyone is welcome to join us at this monthly event that features our famous permanent exhibits, hands-on activities, and live science shows.

Science After Hours: Sci-Chella August 27
Our popular 21+ Science After Hours series is back with Sci-Chella - our take on what a festival looks like when art, science and music intersect.  Grab your friends and join us for a night of musical performances, dancing, art installations, interactive activities and surprising encounters.  Don’t forget to come dressed in your best festival fashion! Performances by: Keegan Tawa, Creem Circus, The Journeyman, Brian Sanders JUNK and Brittany B2B Summer.


Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes 9:30am - 8pm Daily (final entry is 6:30pm)
It’s your last chance to see our blockbuster exhibit ‘Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes’!  This immersive experience features more than 300 artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic and sought-after pages, costumes, and props. Take Super Hero selfies with life-size statues of Marvel characters and experience comic adventures for the entire family!  But hurry - our #MarvelatFI exhibit closes September 2.

Marvel Universe of Super Heroes Graphic and Logo


IMAX Open Daily: See each listing for timing
Looking for something beyond the ordinary movie experience?  At over 70 feet across and .5 stories tall, with 20,000 watts of amplifier power and 50 speakers, our IMAX® dome theater truly puts you in the center of the action.  Enjoy our popular shows:
Apollo 11 First Steps: to celebrate the 50th anniversary since man first landed on the moon, experience the real-life moments that take you through the mission from liftoff to first steps.
Pandas: Join scientists at Chengdu Panda Base in China to learn about their efforts to breed Giant Pandas and re-introduce them into the wild.  Follow Qian Qian and her team on her new adventure from captivity to the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers her wild side.  
Superpower Dogs: experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story narrated by Chris Evans, our best friends are also real-life superheroes.

Movie Poster for the Superpower Dogs IMAX movie


Escape Rooms Open Wednesdays-Sundays
Travel through time and space to restore the pillars of intergalactic balance!  Or...explore a goofy island full of frenzied fun, silly surprises and loads of laughter! Known as Philadelphia’s largest and most technologically advanced games, Escape Rooms at The Franklin Institute are whimsical, laugh-out-loud experiences filled with subtle (and not-so-subtle) pop culture references.  Guests are transported to one of two fantastical worlds where a series of clues, codes, puzzles, and tasks lead teams to achieve an ultimate goal—all within 60 minutes or less!

Live Science Shows Daily schedule varies. Check the Daily Programs Sheet when you arrive for times and locations.
Did you know that we have live science demonstrations happening everyday?  You might learn:
 - Using liquid nitrogen, see how ultra-cold temperatures change the ways familiar materials behave
 - How to use pulp to make paper that you can take home
 - How your own eyes work as you watch the dissection of a real cow’s eye
 - Or perhaps how your own heart works as you watch the dissection of a real sheep’s heart.
 - Explore weather using three ingredients - heat, air and water.
 - And more!
Included in General Admission

Live Science Show boy with liquid nitrogen


Virtual Reality Open Daily
Science comes to life like never before. At our room-scale immersive VR zone in Space Command, you might encounter a blue whale, go inside the human body, tour the solar system, peek into a brain, and much more using Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.  Pro-tip: You don’t need to be at The Franklin Institute to immerse yourself in other worlds. All you need is our app and a VR headset—and you can stand on a space shuttle flight deck, hear the cries of Hawaiian monk seals, walk the beaches of Midway Atoll, and step aboard the bridge of a research vessel, just for starters.
Included in General Admission

Tech Studio Open Daily - check the schedule for special workshops
Through a partnership with TE Connectivity, our Tech Studio features multiple experiences to engage visitors in the engineering design process of questioning, predicting, testing, failing, and redesigning.  Build and test your own spinning top using a variety of different materials. Build a robotic vehicle can sense its environment, integrate information, and safely navigate treacherous terrain, inspired by TE Connectivity’s sensors for autonomous vehicles.  Design an aircraft that can safely land on a runway, with sensors that indicate a “safe” landing. Discover an incredible collection of 3D printed items - and create your own.
Included in General Admission

August 12, 2019, 04:54pm

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