All-New Seasonal Experiences

All new seasonal experiences Franklin Fright and Franklin Frost this fall at the museum!

This year, The Franklin Institute is your premier holiday destination with all-new seasonal experiences from October through December that will transform the museum into an immersive, festive atmosphere. Spooky live science shows, Halloween-inspired décor, and the return of the ever-popular museum-wide indoor trick-or-treating adventure takes place every weekend in October during Franklin Fright. A magical frostiness takes over the museum this holiday season beginning November 26 with the debut of Franklin Frost, a winter adventure that's full S.T.E.A.M. ahead. Featuring a stunning assortment of decorated winter trees, including a grand 25-foot-tall Stellar Tree, and sprawling train displays in scenic environments.

Check the Calendar of Events for Upcoming Dates!

October 1-31

Experience one of the most fun-filled Halloween destinations around with the return of Franklin Fright. Back by popular demand, young witches and warlocks, ghosts, and goblins are invited to trick-or-treat by knocking on friendly decorated doors in exhibits throughout the museum. New this year, meet Dr. Franklinstein, joined by her science sidekicks for one of several all-new live science shows. Watch as they perform explosive experiments, dastardly demonstrations, and spooky science with frighteningly funny results!

Franklin Fright features: 

Museum-Wide Trick-or-Treating
Weekends in October 

Explore the Franklin Institute while seeking and finding the playfully spooky trick-or-treat doors located throughout the galleries. Meet monsters, mummies, and magicians while collecting tasty treats!
Please bring your own bag for trick-or-treating!

Halloween-Inspired Live Science Shows
Weekends in October 

That's Gross! 
From gooey to spooky, this gross show uses science to create playfully startling seasonal scenarios. Our science presenters celebrate Halloween in the sloppiest way possible in this all-new—messy—show.

Dr. Franklinstein’s Pumpkin Lab 
Meet Dr. Victoria Franklinstein, she has arrived from the future to set up her temporary lab right here at The Franklin Institute. She and her latest creation, a 12-foot-tall combination of pumpkins and robotic mechanisms, are here to add some spooky science to your Halloween season. From her Pumpkin Lab, she and her mechanical marvel will show that while technology may change, scientific discovery and the scientific method continues to unveil the wonders of the unknown.

Pondering Plasma  
Dr. Franklinstein must keep her lab fully powered to complete her creation. For this new live show, she’ll turn the stage over to her modern-day scientific sidekicks to create a few sparks of their own. Through experimentation and education, her lab becomes fully charged and ready for action.

November 26 – December 31
All aboard the Franklin Frost Express for a winter experience that’s full S.T.E.A.M. ahead! Explore spectacular model trains circulating through a bustling city, a charming snow-covered valley, and a glowing aurora night! The can't-miss centerpiece of Franklin Frost is the grand 25-foot-tall sparkling Stellar Tree, designed to reflect the mysterious and magnificent night sky.

Franklin Frost features: 

25-Foot-Tall Stellar Tree
Gaze up at the massively majestic Stellar Tree sparkling with stars as only The Franklin Institute could imagine. Watch Philadelphia streetcar trains and other model trains loop around this spectacular tree. 

Celestial Village and Big Chill Valley Model Train Displays A train lover's delight! As you enter Celestial Village and Big Chill Valley, you'll explore a collection of hand-painted model trains in action. Watch as trolleys, passenger, and industrial trains navigate the many elevated tracks, loops, and tunnels against a scenic backdrop of flocked trees, twinkling lights, and whistling sounds that fill Pepper Hall.

ALL ABOARD! Meet Conductor Carl
Your guide through a journey of scientific wonder and discovery this holiday season, uniformed Conductor Carl will lead interactive seasonal science activities with a sprinkle of surprise!

Franklin Fright* and Franklin Frost are both free with museum admission!

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*Please note: Costume masks are permitted for guests ages 13 and under. Costume masks are not a substitute for the face coverings required for standard health and safety protocols during this time. 

Presenting Sponsor of Franklin Fright

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Trick-or-Treat Door Sponsors: Blank Rome LLP; Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC; Women’s Energy Network Greater Philadelphia Chapter