Community Night

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

  • Families
  • Evening
  • Public
  • Free

The Franklin Institute is pleased to present Community Nights! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at these FREE educational and fun-filled science extravaganzas that include The Franklin Institute's famous permanent exhibits, special programs, and hands-on activities.

Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register. Doors open at 5:00 pm.



Shows in the Planetarium

  • 6:00 pm – Asteroid: Mission Extreme
  • 7:00 pm – Asteroid: Mission Extreme


Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel. Using stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, the film presents the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds, veritable “way stations” in space enabling us to cross the entire solar system.

As with any venture in outer space, the challenges involved with making this idea a reality are enormous; however, a mission this extreme could ultimately lead us to learn how to protect our planet and how to successfully inhabit other worlds.

Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and then tame it for our use, as well as how such an extraordinary adventure could benefit humankind, in Asteroid: Mission Extreme.

Runtime 25 minutes. The Theater is first come and first serve and will open 15 minutes before show time


5:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us for a variety of hands-on science activities throughout the 2nd floor, facilitated by both The Franklin Institute and partner organizations.


Live Science Shows in Musser Theater

  • 5:45 pm – Fireworks
  • 6:30 pm – Fireworks


Discover the science behind what makes fireworks sparkle, whistle, and have colors. Uncover the science of pyrotechnic explosions!


Joel N. Bloom Observatory

5:00 – 8:00 pm

We will be viewing objects in the Perseus, Cygnus, Orion, Pegasus and Taurus Constellations. The Bloom Observatory will have knowledgeable astronomers available to assist in looking through our historic 10” Zeiss refracting telescope and our 9.25” Celestron Deluxe CPC 925 reflecting telescope.

Weather Permitting



  • We invite guests to park in our garage for a discounted rate of $6 for the evening.  Parking tickets must be validated prior to departure at the Security Desk located in the Atrium. 
  • Parking is limited and space is not guaranteed.  The garage is located at 271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
  • When you arrive, please get a sticker for the evening at any of the main entrances on the first or second floor.
  • Do you plan on bringing a group?  Please note there needs to be one chaperone per 10 children when visiting the Franklin Institute.

Hungry or Thirsty? Foodworks on the 2nd Floor will be open during Community Night. 

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