Member Tips & FAQs

  • When I buy a Membership, when can I begin to use it?

    Your Membership is valid at the time of purchase and may be used immediately for access to the museum or for reserving tickets. Please be aware that all Members are required to present photo ID when checking in at the Membership or Ticketing Desk, whether you have your Membership Card with you or not. If the Membership is purchased at the museum, you will receive your Membership Card at that time. If the Membership is purchased online or over the phone, you will receive a receipt via email.  ATTACHED to that email is a temporary membership card, which can be used for booking advance tickets or to visit eligible ASTC Passport Program museums.  Your permanent card(s) will be printed at The Franklin Institute when you check in for your first visit.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 215.448.1200. 

    How do I know when my Membership expires?

    The expiration date of the Membership will be printed on your Membership card. All Memberships are valid for one full year. As your expiration date nears, you will receive renewal notices from us in the US mail, email, and by phone, highlighting a special renewal price and some of our upcoming exhibits and events. You will not lose any time on the Membership if renewed before the expiration date. The new Membership will commence when the current one expires.

    Can Member children come without a parent?

    Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have children who are watched by a babysitter/caretaker/grandparent, they may bring your children to the museum. Please provide the Membership Card, or a copy of the card, to the caretaker and have a note indicating that you are giving them permission to bring your children to the museum.

    Can my relatives use my Membership without me?

    No, your Membership is for your household. You may not give your Membership card to another relative or friend to be used without you or someone from your household accompanying them. Someone from your actual residence must be present upon checking into the museum for additional guests to use the Membership.

    I would like to buy a gift Membership for someone. How can I do this?

    To purchase a gift Membership, please visit and select the Gift option. You can also call 215.448.1200 to purchase a gift membership.

  • How long will it take to receive my Membership card?

    A print-at-home temporary membership card will be emailed to you as soon as your membership purchase is complete. On your first visit to the museum, present this temporary card (printed or displayed on any smartphone/tablet) along with a photo ID, and your permanent card will be printed for you at that time. 

    How many Membership cards will I receive?

    One Membership card is issued per Membership. If a second card is requested, we do require two adult names from the household to be listed on the card; please indicate this to us at the time of purchase or contact the Membership Office at 215.448.1200. 

    Am I able to use my Membership without having the card?

    Yes, although we strongly suggest having the card with you during your visit. Please be aware that all Members are required to present photo ID when checking in at the Membership or Ticketing Desk, whether you have your Membership card with you or not.

    My card has been lost/stolen. What should I do?

    If your card has been lost or stolen, we can have a replacement made and sent to you. Please contact the Membership Office at 215.448.1200. You can also email us at In the email, please provide your name and home address, so we can locate your Membership record. It can take between 2-3 weeks for your replacement card to arrive in the mail. Members may also request a new card at either the Membership or Ticketing Desks during their next visit and the card will be printed at that time. If you have lost your card and you are planning a visit to a reciprocal institution, please contact the Membership Office at least 3 days in advance of your trip. Once the request has been received, we can fax or email a letter confirming your Membership with The Franklin Institute.

    I have moved. How can I change my address?

    If you have recently changed your address, please contact the Membership Office at 215.448.1200. You can also email us at with your name, old address, and the new address and we will be happy to update your record.

  • How can I order tickets on the weekend?

    Please contact the Membership office at 215.448.1200 if you would like to make advance reservations.
    To purchase advance tickets online, visit

    How can I best learn about ALL Membership events?

    Additional Member events and updates are announced via our bi-weekly Members' e-mail, Spectacles Online. If you do not currently receive Member e-mail updates, please contact the Membership Office at 215.448.1200 or to add your e-mail address to our records. Member e-mail addresses are used for internal purpose only and are not shared with any outside organizations. 

    Does my Membership allow access to all exhibits for FREE?

    All 10 Science Center Exhibits included with General Admission are FREE for Members. Traveling exhibits, however, are offered with exclusive Members benefits, including discounted rates or free tickets. We strongly recommend that you reserve tickets for traveling exhibits in advance, especially during weekends, holiday seasons, and school vacations. To purchase or reserve tickets in advance, visit or call 215.448.1200.

    My child is coming with a school field trip. Is he/she able to use the Membership?

    Membership Benefits are valid for household visits only and therefore your child may not use the Membership card while on a field trip. However, groups always receive great discounts on admission and traveling exhibits.

    What is ASTC?

    ASTC stands for the Association of Science and Technology Centers. The Franklin Institute is a Member organization and this partnership allows for your Franklin Institute Membership to be valid at over 250 science museums around the world. Benefits are set by each host museum and may vary. This program does not typically include any museums within 90 miles of your home museum. Please contact each museum prior to your visit to be sure they offer reciprocity and to get their specific entrance policy. View the ASTC list for additional information and a current listing of participating museums.

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