Community Night

Tuesday, March 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.

March 20th, 2018



Shows in the Planetarium

  • 6:00 pm – To Space & Back
  • 7:00 pm – To Space & Back


Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way in which we live. 

Produced by The Franklin Institute, together with Sky-Skan, and narrated by Top Gear's James May, this technologically advanced Planetarium show takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. 

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

Shows in Franklin Theater

  • 6:00 – 7:30pm- Thinking in Bets: Decision Making in The Face of Uncertainty


During Community Night The Franklin Institute’s speaker series will be hosting a conversation and book signing with author, decision strategist and former world champion poker player Annie Duke. This speaker series event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Click here to learn more and register for this event.


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

  • 5:30 pm – Drone Demonstrations
  • 6:30 pm – Drone Demonstrations


This fascinating, new technology has the chance to change how we can interact in the world and help solve problems. See it in action and learn how this robot is able to work.


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? Franklin Foodworks Express on the 2nd Floor will be open during Community Night. 

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