Community Night: PSF Edition

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

  • Families
  • Evening
  • Public
  • Free

During Community Night: PSF Edition The Franklin Institute welcomes guests for a free evening of educational experiences that include the museum’s famous permanent exhibits (like the beloved The Giant Heart and the award-winning Your Brain), special programs and shows, and hands-on activities from Philadelphia Science Festival partner organizations. Learn more about the Philadelphia Science Festival here.

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


Planetarium Shows

  • 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 planetarium is first come and first serve and will open 15 minutes before show time

Live Science Shows in Musser Theater

  • 5:30 pm – CBS3 Weather Show
  • 6:30 pm – CBS3 Weather Show

Today we’re paying more attention to the weather than ever before. In this show, visitors will learn the three main ingredients that create weather, as well as some strategies to adapt to the ever changing climate around us.

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

Event information is subject to change. 


  • 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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