Science After Hours


Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

  • Adults
  • Evening
  • Members

Enter the pixelated landscapes that once inhabited the cabinets of your local arcade. Explore the worlds of your favorite video games and discover how current games are bridging the gap between science and education.

This event is 21+.

Featured Programming


Fels Planetarium

Super Thrash Bros. 

Part cosplay, part gaming and all music, Super Thrash Bros. will take over the Planetarium combining their unique blend of high energy rock and metal music with all your favorite video game tunes.   With actual game play on the Planetarium dome, this immersive experience will take you on a Sonic adventure from Hyrule Castle to the Mushroom Kingdom and everywhere in between. 

Franklin Foodworks

8-Bit Quizzo!

Games at 7:10, 8:10 and 9:10 pm      Approx. 30 minutes
Put your thinking caps on as Quizzo Master Bryce Remsburg challenges you to an 8-Bit edition of Science After Hours Quizzo! Each game features a unique round of questions with a free pair of tickets to the next Science After Hours: Clue for the winners of each round.


Silent Disco

Show off your best moves and join the fun as Silent Philly brings us the tools for an electrifying dance party. With three stations of music traveling through the space, who knows what you’ll discover when you tune in and dance with friends both new and old. 

Science Presentations  

Theater shows have limited seating capacity. Doors open 10 minutes before each show time and seating is first come, first served.

Musser Theater

Game On: Live Show

Shows at 7:10, 8:10 and 9:10 pm.     Approx. 25 minutes

Join our dynamic Live Science team as they demonstrate the capabilities of their newest and most realistic gaming console to date! Prepare yourself as some of your favorite gaming characters take you on a multi-sensory experience complete with real fireballs, explosions, projectiles and other precarious representations of the future of gaming. 

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

Pac-Man Mania

Demonstration at 9:50 pm
The Pac-Dots will be plentiful, the ghost will be unleashed and you get to gobble the goods.  Join us for this explosive finale and end the night on a high score!

Joel L. Bloom Observatory

Night Sky Observation

Weather Permitting

Join our knowledgeable astronomers as we look at the night sky through our historic 10” Zeiss refracting telescope.

Franklin Theater

Designing Fun: A Career

Presentation at 7:30 pm   Approx. 20 minutes

Tony A. Rowe, Assistant Teaching Professor of Game Design and Production at Drexel University, will share highlights from his 20-year career in video game development on the Call of Duty, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park franchises. See his earliest inspirations, a behind-the-scenes look into game design, and learn how to start creating your own games at home.

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NEW! Add Game Masters: The Exhibition to your Science After Hours: 8-Bit experience!
From Sonic to The Sims and from Angry Birds to Asteroids, explore the evolution of gaming from the 70s through today with objects, artwork, and stories from game-changing designers. Plus a remarkable 100+ playable video games! Game Masters: The Exhibition is the newest special exhibit at The Franklin Institute. 

  • Tickets to Game Masters will be available as an add-on purchase onsite only during Science After Hours on June 26. Tickets are +$10 for individuals, and $9 for members and The Innovators. 
  • First Entry to Game Masters: The Exhibition on June 26 is 6:30pm
    Final Entry to Game Masters: The Exhibition on June 26 is 8:00pm
    The exhibit will close at 10:00pm. 
    Please note: food or drink is prohibited in Game Masters: The Exhibition.

Ticket Prices for Science After Hours: 8-Bit:
$20 for Individuals
+$10 for Game Masters: The Exhibition (purchase tickets onsite at Science After Hours).

$15 for Members
+$9 for Game Masters: The Exhibition (purchase tickets onsite at Science After Hours).

FREE for The Innovators
+$9 for Game Masters: The Exhibition (purchase tickets onsite at Science After Hours).

All Attendees must be 21+ & IDs are checked at the door

Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.

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Ticket Prices:

$20 for Non-Members

$15 for Members

FREE for The Innovators

All Attendees must be 21+ & IDs are checked at the door