Member Events and Updates

For reservations or more information, please call the Membership Office at 215.448.1200, 9:00AM-5:00PM daily.

Just for Members

Member Sundays

When: 11:30AM and 2:00PM unless otherwise noted, on the dates listed below.
Cost: $7.50 per Child Member. Adult required to attend and assist children. Free parking* in included with advance reservations.

Advance reservations required. Space is limited—register early!

May 18 - Weather Lab
Learn about the elements that create weather, both every day and major weather events like tornadoes and hurricanes. Make your own meteorological instruments to help you gather and track weather phenomena.

*Parking is first come, first served in The Franklin Institute's parking garage.

Other Events

The Franklin Institute is Expanding!

The Franklin Institute broke ground on the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion on Thursday, April 5, 2012. The building addition, scheduled to open in summer 2014, will enable us to engage more students in our effective education programs, secure our standing as the preferred destination for traveling exhibitions, and unveil a brand new cutting-edge core exhibit on the human brain. The lead gift from Mr. and Mrs. Karabots is a remarkable endorsement of the Institute's mission and we are grateful for their extraordinary support. Please look for additional information on this exciting project as we count down to its opening. Thank you for your continued membership and support. CLICK HERE for more information and updates.
The CONSTRUCTION CAM shows progress so far.

Night Skies in the Observatory

When: Thursday, May 8 - 7:00PM-10:00PM (Presentation at 8:15PM)
Cost: FREE for Members!

The Franklin Institute's Joel N. Bloom Observatory is open for evening public observing on the 2nd Thursday night of every month. On these special nights, The Franklin Institute invites the public to view celestial objects in the sky, like stars, planets, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two, from five different telescopes. Night Skies includes a Fels Planetarium show and a lecture or presentation (appropriate for ages 8 and up) on an astronomical or space science topic. The Observatory is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided. Don't miss out on these "out-of-this-world" evenings! Schedule subject to change.

May's Theme: TBA

Upcoming Dates: May 8, June 19*, July 10, August 14
*Note: June date is the third Thursday.

CLICK HERE for details.

Kitchen Science

When: Sunday, May 25 - 11:00AM-3:00PM
Cost: FREE for Members! No reservations required.

Join The Franklin Institute Educators and Executive Chefs from Frog Commissary once a month as we examine topics in Kitchen Science. These fun- and flavor-filled events will engage you in an exploration of food science through hands-on, tastebud-activating activities that help you understand the science behind food and cooking.

May's Theme: Too Much Sodium? Na!
Stop by from 11:00AM-3:00PM in Jordan Lobby.

Kitchen Science programs are made possible by a grant from the Don Falconio Memorial Fund.

Additional support provided by:


Pompeii Lecture Series - Camden County College

When: Various dates. See below.
Cost: FREE for Members

Join the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at Camden County College for a free and engaging Pompeii-themed lecture series.

March 5 - Vesuvius, 79 AD: Anatomy and Aftermath of an Eruption
March 12 - Caesar's Death and the Birth of the Roman Empire
March 26 - Hard Lives at Pompeii
April 9 - The Amphitheater, from Pompeii to the Present
April 16 - Staging a Bloodbath: Theatricality and Artificiality at the Roman Arena

CLICK HERE to read the special events and mini-course brochure to learn more about the lectures.