The Franklin Institute is an impressive and welcoming venue for all of your event and meeting needs. Founded in 1824, and located in Philadelphia’s museum district, the Franklin offers guests of all ages a once in a lifetime experience. Groups of 5 to 5,000 will enjoy the museum’s interactive exhibits. Bring any reception to life, whether walking through our Giant Heart, dining under the stars in the Fels Planetarium, or dancing the night away under the grandeur of our Benjamin Franklin Memorial.
The Franklin Institute is the perfect venue for all of your event and meeting needs. Groups of 5 to 5,000 may enjoy the museum's interactive exhibits, will make your next meeting or event go from mundane to amazing!
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Our new Elaine Levitt and Joel Gershman Education and Conference Center located in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion
Our new LEED-certified Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, with its private rain garden entrance and continuous break space, paired with any of our permanent or travelling exhibits, will make your next meeting go from mundane to amazing! With onsite parking, FROG Commissary’s exclusive catering excellence at your fingertips and our wide array of AV services, we offer guests a unique experience that will satisfy your every need.
Host your next event or wedding in our Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. As the center piece of the museum, Franklin Hall is the best way to offer your guests a show-stopping experience in a timeless event space. Guests will dine and dance among the classic beauty of Benjamin Franklin’s 20 foot marble statue, which sits under an 82 foot domed ceiling and gold gilded oculus. Framed by 16 marble columns, the room’s grandeur and built in audio visual capabilities will enhance and illuminate your event, as you showcase your own content and images on our four Franklin Hall screens.
Your guests will be star-struck by the night sky and planetary images projected in the Fels Planetarium, the nation’s second-oldest Planetarium. Guests can dine or enjoy cocktails while their presentation or logo shines bright among a moon lit sky. This unique space will help give your events a dining experience that is second to none. This room is perfect for a dinner reception, gala, concert or award program. This space also makes the perfect ceremony space. There is no better way to be married than under the moon and stars.
Guests are guaranteed a unique, one of a kind experience while they explore our many interactive, hands on exhibits. Enjoy cocktails and FROG’s culinary excellence as they roam through our iconic Giant Heart, analyze our carbon footprint in Changing Earth and “electrify” their event under the flash of the Telsa coil in our Electricity exhibit.
Your Brain/Wisdom Hall
Delve into the inner workings of the mind as you go through our newest permanent exhibit, Your Brain. Whether walking through our street scene of optical illusions, or taking an adventure through our web of firing neurons, this space offers guests an unforgettable experience. Your Brain is linked to the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial by Wisdom Hall. Wisdom Hall is the perfect reception space, blending historical and contemporary components of the museum, and boasts a striking fractal art display.
For a dinner reception, trade show or dining experience that is surrounded by historical significance, your guests will be sure to be captivated by Pepper Hall. Pepper Hall is the original reading room for the first patent library in the United States. The room offers a hand-stained ceiling, antique wooden floors and mahogany bookshelves. This is a space that can be customized to suit your every need, and whose austerity will be sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests.
The Franklin Institute provides an on-site professional event manager to make recommendations and assist with your every need. We offer onsite parking, wireless internet and some audio visual. The Sales & Catering team will work tirelessly to ensure that your event is flawless, and that it runs as efficiently and seamlessly as possible.
FROG Commissary has been sharing their culinary excellence with The Franklin Institute exclusively for over 30 years. Their innovative and customized menus will leave your guests satisfied and wanting more. They can handle groups large and small, and will make sure that every guest has a food experience that is as noteworthy and special as your event.