Evenings at The Franklin Institute

Make it a Night! Unique ways to spend your summer evenings

Evenings at The Franklin Institute - Enjoy Summer Evenings at the Rooftop Observatory

The days are long here in Philadelphia right now. The area is getting nearly 15 hours a day of sunshine, and sunset is creeping up north of 8:30pm. How are you spending all that summertime daylight? 

Evening hours for Game Masters: The Exhibition
Beginning July 5, Game Masters: The Exhibition will be open nightly at a reduced evening exhibit-only rate of $20 per adult, and $15 per child.  For those looking to experience Game Masters—but not the entire museum—in a somewhat leisurely and more relaxed setting, this option was designed for you. 

Game Masters Movie Night featuring Atari: Game Over
Special documentary screening of Atari: Game Over featuring an intro and Q&A session with archeogamer Andrew Reinhard, Thursday, August 9.  The hour-long film chronicles the 2014 excavation of a landfill in New Mexico where hundreds of thousands of Atari ET video game cartridges were buried and later excavated by Reinhard. The event is free with that evening’s admission to Game Masters: The Exhibition.

Science After Hours
On Tuesday, August 28, it’s the most explosive evening of the year as we push science to the limit in Don’t Try This at Home.

Night Skies in the Observatory
Warm summer nights spent observing from the rooftop of The Franklin Institute continues Tuesday this summer, August 14.  Knowledgeable Institute staff will guide you through what’s happening in the rest of our solar system using the 10-inch Zeiss telescope in the Observatory and at Ben’s Starlight Lounge on the rooftop. Free star maps, special programming, plus a cash bar all guarantee a fantastic summer evening. Admission is $5 for members or $10 for individuals. 

Community Nights
Our doors are open for free one evening each month on Tuesday—July 17 and August 21—for an opportunity to showcase to the community all that we have to offer—from iconic core exhibits to special programming and hands-on activities. 

Speaker Series Event: Beliefs and Behavior: Climate Change Gets Personal
We spotlight some of the hottest scientific topics facing our world today in a special yearlong speaker series, and this summer we delve into the many factors that influence personal perceptions of climate change on Wednesday, July 25.  Save the date for Does Race Exist? Exploring the Future of Genetics, Ancestry, and Medicine on Wednesday, September 12. Admission is free with advance registration required. 

We hope all this great programming, plus the excellent air conditioning here, will entice you to spend some of your long summer evenings at The Franklin Institute!