Health & Safety Information

Welcome Back: Our Commitment to Safety

We care deeply about our guests, our employees, and our community. To best safeguard the health and safety of all, we have significantly enhanced our protocols and procedures. As we continue to monitor and review guidance from the city, state, federal government, and public health officials, we will adjust as necessary to adhere to changing guidelines. 

Frequently Asked Questions



New Safety Guidelines. Same Science Fun. 

Our world has changed, our mission has not. With our doors now open again, we've unveiled a modified museum experience designed to celebrate science in a safe and welcoming environment. 

What to Expect 

  • Face coverings and no-touch temperature checks are required for staff and visitors, ages 3 and up. 
  • Advance tickets are required for ALL guests, including Members—with no online fees. 
  • We are operating in a reduced capacity with hourly timed tickets and ample signage and distance markings to support physical distancing. 
  • We have implemented enhanced daily protocols on top of our standard stringent cleanliness procedures that involve adding additional hand sanitization stations in public areas, the placement of antimicrobial films and protective coating on high-touch surfaces where possible, and the removal of unnecessary touchpoints for ease of visitor flow. 
  • Indoor eating and drinking are limited at this time. There are picnic tables available in Science Park for dining outdoors. There is also limited seating available indoors near the entrance to Science Park.
  • Our new temporary hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 am-6:00 pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

What to Experience 

We are celebrating science at a time when it matters most.  Designed with safety first, your visit is yours to tailor.

Explore our open exhibit galleries at your own pace, see a show in the Fels Planetarium, and choose from a selection of science-led experiences. Your interactions with interpreters, curatorial teams, and staff scientists will take center stage like never before, and your visit will be enhanced by the personal connections that take place alongside some fun and explosive science and a brand new special exhibit! 

Let’s celebrate science together.   

  • The all-new special exhibit: The Presidents by Madame Tussauds ($7 upcharge)
  • Iconic exhibits including The Giant Heart, Electricity, Your Brain, Train Factory, Changing Earth, Amazing Machine, Space Command, and Sir Issac's Loft. 
  • Hourly Live Science Shows, including Liquid Air Show and Science of Combustion, performed from the PECO Live Science Stage in the Atrium.
  • Live dissections in The Giant Heart exhibit, projected on the wall for ease of viewing.
  • The opportunity to interact with our familiar science team who will roam the galleries offering science insight, curatorial highlights, and deeper exhibit engagement.
  • Hourly Fels Planetarium shows. 
  • Tech Studio! Where tech experts demonstrate the 3D printed face shield visor bands The Franklin Institute recently produced and deployed to local health care workers. 
  • Science Park: A 20,000 square-foot outdoor space, newly-transformed with picnic tables and canopies designed for casual seating and eating.
  • A visit to the Sci-Store!
  • NEW! Relax and recharge at Creation Station for Tots, a new “build-and-play” pop-up space designed with tiny tots in mind.   
  • NEW! Tour curatorial items that highlight the design-and-build history of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute.  
    • Reprints of early drawings, plans, and maps of Philadelphia, as well as a 4-foot long model of the magnificent Walt Whitman Bridge. 
    • Photos that chronicle our building's construction and the ceremonial shovel used to break ground in 1930 sit alongside a building model of The Franklin Institute.  
    • Plus! Legodelphia—an ultra-detailed LEGO® brick tribute to the City of Brotherly Love.  

*Some exhibitions and other high-touch components will remain temporarily closed, including Air Show, SportsZone, the Holt & Miller Observatory, and the IMAX® Theater. 

Thank you for your patience and support as we implement these new changes. As this is an evolving situation, we will be closely monitoring and making necessary adjustments to our guidelines as needed for the health and well-being of our visitors and staff.