Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The Franklin Institute

  • Adults
  • Families
  • Members
  • Public
  • Free

On July 5, join The Franklin Institute as we participate in the first International LGBT+ STEM Day as part of a global push to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM. 

Throughout the day, beneath the rainbow lighting of Franklin Hall, site of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, we will host live demonstrations related to visibility and the color spectrum. We’ll mark the day with a dramatic rainbow ball pit explosion on the front steps. 


  • Rainbow ball pit explosion: 2:00pm on the front steps 
  • Laser light demonstration: 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm in Franklin Hall (under the rainbow lighting!)
  • Fireworks demonstration: 12:30pm and 4:30pm in Musser Theater

What is LGBT+ STEM Day? 
An international celebration recognizing LGBT+ people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 

Why are we celebrating?
The Franklin Institute knows that diversity in STEM matters. Uplifting all marginalized communities is vital in recognizing science as a human right, and we’re committed to broadening participation by racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities in all of our programming and educational outreach. 

Why July 5th?
July 5th can be written as ‘7/05.’ On the visible light spectrum, 705 nanometers corresponds to the color red. On the LGBT+ Pride flag, red symbolizes life.

Share your experience with #LGBTSTEMday and #FranklinInstitute 

Presented by: 
Braskem Logo
The Official Diversity & Inclusion Partner


Ticket Prices:

Free (demonstration in Musser Theater requires museum admission)