Science After Hours: The Roaring 20s

Science After Hours: The Roaring 20s

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm


The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Members
  • Adults
  • Evening
  • Public

Tonight's event includes One Free Drink with Ticket!

Revisit the roaring 20s at the throwback soiree of the season. Think cocktails, flappers, hot jazz, and cool speakeasies as you transport back to the decade that brought us great technological leaps and countless legendary gains. 

Explore scientific and cultural highlights of the time, showcased alongside advancements of today. Delve into the science and mastery behind gambling, smuggling, propaganda, and other Prohibition-era mischiefs with interactive activities and performances—and music curated by Philly’s own jazz station WRTI-FM.

Dress in your most dapper 1920s-inspired attire and shimmy over to The Franklin Institute!

Activities Include:

Surprises await in Ben's Bingo Hall. Grab a drink and a seat and play a round or two.

Enjoy displays and samples of period whiskey recipes, distilling techniques, and prohibition era memorabilia

Take your medicine! Taste a medicinal style bourbon and learn what a doctor's alcohol prescription looked, and tasted like, in 1924.

Witness dance performances and take lessons with The Old City Sweethearts, Philadelphia's premier vintage dance troupe.

Explore prohibition era artifacts out of storage from The Franklin Institute's collection.

Meet enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla and explore his works through wireless electricity demonstrations, magnetic marvels, and augmented reality experiences.

Dance your favorite steps during two live performance sets from Swing That Cat, the local Philadelphia swing band that fuses Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland and & Latin Jazz music

A finale event complete with out of this world performances and a spectacular liquid nitrogen ball pit ball explosion!

And more!

Cash bar. Adults 21+

Ticket Prices:
Non-Members $25
Members: $20
Plus! Cheers to science
your first drink is on us during Roaring 20s.

Roaring 20s includes one drink ticket and a new $45 VIP Ticket offering which includes an additional free drink plus access to a private lounge with exclusive demonstrations featuring Nate Wingert of The Drinkist.

The Franklin Institute offers a welcoming environment in which all guests can freely delight in the fanciful, the frightening, and the just plain weird reaches of science.  We maintain that guests have the right to fully experience and enjoy our programming regardless of their age, background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic situation, religion, or abilities. Discrimination or harassment of any form will not be tolerated.

Participating Partners

  • Drexel University
  • Breakthru Beverage
  • Fernet Branca
  • Yards Brewing Co.
  • Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
  • Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
  • Inis Nua Theatre Company
  • WRTI
  • Ship Bottom Brewery
  • Swing That Cat
  • Dad's Hat Rye Whiskey