Where to Eat & Stay

Guests sitting and enjoying a meal in Franklin Foodworks.

Franklin Foodworks
Our cafeteria-style eatery in The Franklin Institute is a lively, sun-filled place for a family meal. Our house-made soups and chicken tenders, crisp french fries, fresh salads and sandwiches, juicy hamburgers, and pizzas plus fresh-baked cupcakes and other desserts are familiar enough for kids yet sophisticated enough for parents' palates. Franklin Foodworks occupies one of the museum's two original wings on the main floor, a grand space with soaring ceilings, enormous windows, and spectacular views of the Parkway and Swann Fountain.

Located in Jordan Lobby, Second floor
Monday-Friday, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Open to the general public

Franklin Foodworks Express
Franklin Foodworks Express offers a full range of snacks and beverages on the go.  It's the perfect place to quickly refuel and refresh during your visit to The Franklin Institute.  

Located in the Bartol Atrium, second floor
Monday through Friday: 9:00AM-5:00PM*
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00AM-5:30PM*

*Cafe will be open later for evening events and IMAX presentations.

A brown-bag lunchroom facility with vending machines is also available. Reservation required Monday - Friday.

Group Dining Information

For a listing and map of nearby eateries, visit our Information Desk in the Atrium or view our Restaurant Guide.  Many are within walking distance!

  • Accommodations

    Planning a visit from out of town? There are several options for accommodations nearby. These hotels offer attractive packages for visitors to The Franklin Institute.

    With our prime location and cozy, newly renovated decor, you can enjoy all there is to do in Philadelphia and still be able to unwind at the end of the day with all our impressive hotel services and amenities.

    The hotel's Franklin Institute Package includes overnight accommodations for up to 4 guests and 2 general admission tickets to The Franklin Institute!

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  • Discover true grandeur, unrivaled style and service at our iconic downtown Philadelphia hotel. Situated on the famous Avenue of the Arts, Hyatt at The Bellevue blends old-world architecture with modern amenities.

    Explore Philadelphia Package includes:
    - Breakfast for 2 in XIX Cafe
    - 2:00PM Late Check-Out
    - 2 Adult tickets to The Franklin Institute

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  • Just three blocks from The Franklin Institute on the opposite side of Logan Square, The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown is the premier location to everything Center City has to offer.

    Through this special offer to Franklin Institute visitors, book your stay at rates starting at $119 per night!

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  • The Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia offers a spectacular downtown location that is convenient to whatever brings you to the City of Brotherly Love, including The Franklin Institute!

    Save on your stay! Through The Franklin Institute's partnership with the Sonesta, you can book for less using our Corporate Preferred direct link.

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  • Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™

    This two-night package includes FREE hotel parking so you can drive into town and not have to worry about finding and paying for parking.

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