The Franklin Institute

On Thursday, January 23, last entry to Worst-Case Scenario will be 3:30pm. Exhibit will close at 5pm. 
The walk-through Giant Heart experience will be unavailable from January 21st - February 7th.

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Thirsty for science? Experience Franklin @ Night, an evolving suite of after-hours events carefully curated with adults in mind. Discover something new, make unexpected connections, and quench your curiosity through live performances, engaging talks, and unique interactive science experiences.


Science After Hours: Roaring 20s
Thursday, January 23, 7:00 PM

NEW! One Free Drink with Ticket! 
Revisit the roaring 20s at the throwback soiree of the season. Franklin @ Night debuts in 2020 with the ever-popular Science After Hours, the highly curated mega event for adults 21+. Dress in your finest 1920s-inspired fashions, sample spirits from local distilleries, explore tech advances of the time and experience our core exhibits with a beer or glass of wine in hand. 

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 Let's Talk About Sex
Thursday, February 13, 7:00 PM

Inspired by popular Science After Hours series comes the debut of a boutique Franklin @ Night event encouraging deeper, more intimate scientific explorations. This month, dive into the complex factors of sex, love, gender, and attraction. Explore demos, live performances, and flash talks, plus exhibits including Giant Heart, Electricity, and Your Brain—all in an exclusive after-hours setting with a cash bar.

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Jazz in the Planetarium
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 and 8:30 PM

A premiere evening event featuring live jazz performances under the stars of the Fels Planetarium, cocktails optional. Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts narrates the popular Sky Tonight show, against the backdrop of a soulful jazz arrangement in this brand-new Franklin @ Night event. This month, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble is our featured jazz band. Cash bar.

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Speaker Series: Emerging Therapies in a New Era of Care
Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 PM

Philadelphia has long been a world leader in the development of innovative drug treatments and breakthroughs in gene therapy. How do we weigh risks and rewards in going from bench to bedside? In the first Franklin @ Night speaker event of 2020, Franklin Institute Chief Bioscientist Dr. Jayatri Das and Penn Medicine bioethicist Dr. Steven Joffe delve into the controversies surrounding emerging therapies.

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Night Skies in the Observatory
Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 PM

Experience of one of the best views in the city!  Stargaze on the rooftop observatory while learning about galaxies, planets, and stars from Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts. Design the rest of your cosmic evening from a selection of planetarium shows, live presentations, and hands-on astronomy activities in this popular Franklin @ Night stargazing event. Cash bar.

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