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Length of Field Trip
You could easily spend five hours at The Franklin Institute and still not see everything! However, general museum admission field trips can be completed in as little as one to two hours.
As a general guideline, expect to add one to two hours to your field trip if your group will be visiting special exhibits. Hands-on workshops run about 45 minutes, live science shows run about 20 minutes, and theater shows run 20-45 minutes.
There are several lunch options for your Franklin Institute field trip.
Bring Your Own
Groups that plan on bringing their own lunches must reserve a lunch room in advance; the fee is $25 for groups of 15 - 150. Fee increases to $50 for groups of 151 or more. Lunchrooms are available Monday - Friday only and cannot be reserved on the weekends.
How it works: Collect your group's lunches in BOXES labeled with your school name before arriving at The Franklin Institute. We will store your lunches in your assigned lunchroom while you explore the exhibits. Please note that this meal option does not include refrigeration.
- Please be sure to collect your group’s lunches in boxes rather than bags.
- We can only store lunches for groups that have booked a lunch room in advance.
Purchase Lunch On-Site
We also offer several options for purchasing your lunch on-site. View Group Dining Options
Groups of 15 or more qualify for at least a 26% discount when visiting The Franklin Institute. Prices may vary based on your group’s special exhibit attendance.
Chaperone Guide: Click here to download a chaperone guide, complete with activities that can act as a scavenger hunt and improve your day!
One chaperone per 10 youth is required.
A chaperone is any adult over 19 years of age with a group, including teachers.
Chaperones receive free general admission for museum visits, and pay for all ticketed attractions.
Any chaperones in excess of the required ratio will pay the discounted adult group rate.
Museum Admission for Groups
Admission Child Chaperone Adult
School Year General Admission**
Summer General Admission***
Terracotta Warriors $18 $18 $24 Game Masters School Year Pricing $16 $16 $22 Game Masters Summertime Pricing $21 $21 $24
*Minimum of 15 visitors required; advance registration required. Pricing subject to change.
Special group pricing exists for tour operators. Contact The Franklin Institute directly to take advantage of these discounted rates.
**Ending June 16, 2017 and starting again September 2, 2017.
***Starting June 17, 2017 and ending September 1, 2017.
Program Per Person
Child Groups only, Only child pay fee
Tuttleman IMAX® Theater Film**
Franklin 3D Theater Film**
Fels Planetarium Show
Live Science Show
Child Groups Only
**Ask about our Group Rates for Theater Only or Major Motion Picture visits!
Full payment is due within three weeks of your visit. No deposit is required at time of booking, unless you are visiting with three weeks from scheduling your visit.
Student Access Program for Title I Schools
Schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware that meet certain criteria may be eligible to visit The Franklin Institute for free or at a discount. Free trips are available between September and January. Discounts are available for field trips in February and March. Learn More.
Busing & Transportation
Buses may drop off and pick up on 20th Street in front of the museum.
All buses, motor coaches, and tour buses are prohibited from parking on city streets, per city ordinances. Bus parking for city attractions is available at the following locations (fee applies):
- Campus Park and Ride. This facility is approximately 10 minutes from The Franklin Institute, located at 1600 South Warfield Street (off Interstate 76 near 34th Street). For more information, contact Campus Park and Ride at 215.413.2300.
- Callowhill Bus Center. This facility is approximately 15 minutes from The Franklin Institute, located on Callowhill Street between Second and Third Streets. For more information, contact the Bus Center at 215.829.3330.
Limited parking for cars is available in the museum's garage on 21st Street. View directions and parking. Metered street parking is also available.
Larger Vehicles/Passenger Vans
Vehicles larger than 6'1" will not fit into the museum's parking garage. Metered street parking is available.
During colder seasons, coats will be stored during your trip and returned before you depart. Students will not have access to their coats during the trip.
The Franklin Institute is dedicated to providing an experience that is accessible to all visitors. Learn More
Supervised field trip groups are invited to check out our SciStore, which can be accessed from the Atrium (adjacent to Franklin Hall).
Students may select from a variety of merchandise, including do-it-yourself science kits, clothing, books and toys. The gift shop includes a wide variety of items under $20.
Groups that visit special exhibits may also make purchases from exhibit-related stores.
Restrooms are conveniently located on every floor of the museum, including near the student lunch rooms.
The restrooms closest to the main entrance are located in the Atrium between the ticket counter and Franklin Foodworks Express.
Please note that there are no restrooms inside the special exhibit areas, so students may want to visit the restroom prior to entering, as re-entry is not allowed.
Wheelchair-accessible stalls are in restrooms located in:
- Wisdom Hall (2nd level)
- Atrium (2nd level)
- Planetarium Lobby (1st level)
- Lunchroom Area (1st level)
- Observatory (4th level)
Have additional questions? Check out our FAQs or contact us by phone or email. (Psst … you’ll find our contact info on every page of the field trip section.)