Student Access Program

The Franklin Institute’s interactive exhibits are a rite of passage that all schoolchildren deserve.  Focusing on theories and applications of varied scientific disciplines such as bioscience, astronomy, engineering, earth science, aviation, physics, energy and electricity and, most recently added, neuroscience, the museum makes past, present and future real-world science connections.

Eligible Groups Receive:

Complimentary admission to the science museum for students in grades K-12 and their chaperones (minimum of 1 per 10 students; maximum of 1 per 5 students).

Use of one of the museum’s lunchrooms is available for a fee of $25 per 150 students.

Date Restrictions:

Free field trips are no longer available for the 2014/2015 school year.   If your school still wishes to visit, you can receive a discount of $3 off per student.  Please contact us at 215.448.1200 (Option 3) to schedule your trip.

Details about our 2015/2016 program will be posted in March 2015.

Field Trip Enhancements:

The Institute is proud to offer a multitude of programs, including special exhibits, theater shows and workshops, which enhance the curricular value of a field trip.  Additional fees apply for these upgrades.  See the Field Trip Planner for a full list of such programs.

This program is funded by supporters of The Franklin Institute.

How To Apply 
To qualify for the Student Access Program, schools must meet two criteria:

  • Be classified as Title 1
  • Have at least fifty percent or more of the student body receiving reduced/free lunch

If your school meets the criteria and you agree to comply with our Visit Guidelines, you must complete an Eligibility Form, along with a Visit Request Form in order to schedule your free visit. 

Forms may be submitted via one of the methods listed below.


Visit Guidelines 
2014/2015 School Year

Free visits are no longer available for the 2014/2015 School Year.  A discounted rate is available if you wish to still visit; please contact us for details.