Online Box Office

Welcome to The Franklin Institute online ticketing information page

Below you will find descriptions of the tickets we offer and links to purchase. We always recommend that you purchase your tickets online and save valuable time by bypassing the Box Office on the day of your visit.  In addition, by purchasing in advance, you will be able to ensure that the day and time of your visit is not sold out.

Museum Admission

There are 2 types of tickets for The Franklin Institute during the daytime:

  • General Admission – this ticket will give you access to all 11 permanent Franklin Institute exhibition galleries such as Your Brain, The Giant Heart and Sir Isaac’s Loft.  In addition, all General Admission tickets come with access to the Fels Planetarium.
  • Special Exhibit – this ticket will give you access to all 11 permanent exhibition galleries, the Fels Planetarium PLUS a ticket to one of our limited engagement Special Exhibitions. 
    • In order to limit capacity and reduce crowd pressure inside of our Special Exhibits, we ask that you choose a specific date and time of your visit. 
    • Since Special Exhibit tickets include General Admission access, we only require that you choose a time for the Special Exhibit.  You may visit the permanent exhibition galleries any time you choose.
  • Each ticket has an adult (age 12+) and child (age 3-11) option. 

Evening Admission

For those guests who wish to visit a Special Exhibition ONLY, there is an option to purchase a ticket that does not include General Admission access.

  • These tickets are available on select evenings starting at 5pm only; after the Franklin Institute’s permanent exhibit galleries closes.
  • Each evening Special Exhibition ticket has an adult (age 12+) and child (age 3-11) option.

Museum Plus IMAX

This is the ideal way to visit the museum – by seeing a Special Exhibit, all 10 Permanent Galleries, a Planetarium Show PLUS a 45 minute film in our 5 story IMAX Dome Theater.

  • Tickets for IMAX as well as for our Special Exhibit are timed and dated.  Therefore, you will need to pick times for both events.
  • We suggest that you choose an IMAX time prior to your Special Exhibition entrance – that way you can enjoy the Special Exhibition at your own pace and not have to rush to make a movie time.  Each IMAX film is 45 minutes so allow yourself at least an hour between the IMAX start time and the Special Exhibition Start time.

Science After Hours

SCIENCE WITH A TWIST - An evening event series exclusively for adults 21+ featuring experiments, demonstrations, games, and innovative and engaging science curated by Philadelphia’s premier science museum in collaboration with organizations across the city.

  • Each evening showcases a different topic—from cocktail concocting to time traveling—and each includes cash bars and opportunities to explore The Franklin Institute’s hands-on exhibit spaces. Enjoy live performances, surprising challenges, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening's lineup. 
  • Advanced tickets are recommendation for this event as capacity is limited

Service Charge fees are as follows:

  • $2/ticket for all General Admission or Science After Hours Tickets
  • $3/ticket for all Special Exhibit Tickets