Daily Live Science Demonstrations

Live Science Demo in the Atrium at The Franklin Institute

Join us at the PECO Live Science Stage in the main Atrium and Demonstration Theater on the third floor for dynamic shows happening throughout the day from 11am to 4pm! 

10-in-10 Live Science Show - With 10 minutes on the clock, all we have to do is 10 different science demonstrations—what’s the worst that can happen? It’s chaos and comedy as we perform some of the greatest hits from our collection of explosions, implosions, pops, and bangs!

The Fourth State - Things really heat up as we explore the fourth state of matter, plasma! The science is quite shocking. How is it made, where do we see it, and what can we do with it?

Liquid Air Show - Take part in some chilling science with liquid nitrogen to see how ultra-cold temperatures change the ways that familiar materials behave—it's one of our longest-running Live Science Shows! 

Science of Combustion - Discover the science behind the "BOOM" thanks to the main ingredients of combustion—energy, fuel, and oxygen. This show is sure to begin and end with a "BANG!"

Note: latex balloons are used in all shows.


Don't miss daily dissections in The Giant Heart exhibit throughout the day from 11am to 4pm! 

Eye Dissection - Learn how your own eyes work as you watch the dissection of a real cow's eye.

Heart Dissection - Learn how your own heart works as you watch the dissection of a real sheep's heart.

Owl Pellet Dissection – What will we find in these regurgitated masses that give us a glimpse into the diets of owls.

Check the daily program guide for an up-to-date schedule of all shows and presentations.