For reservations or more information, please call the Membership Office at 215.448.1200, 9:00AM-5:00PM daily.
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 limitedregister early!
December 8 - Air-Powered Robots
Most robots bring to mind metal, gears, and circuit boards. In this workshop, participants will use air and stretchable rubber to make a gripper used in new robotic technology. Participants in this extended, 90-minute workshop will create and take home their own gripper!
January 12 - The Collections
In honor of Benjamin Franklin's January 17 birthday, come celebrate the innovations of his fellow inventors, scientists, and enthusiasts across centuries, with a special look at The Franklin Institute's Curatorial Collection. Learn about the conservation techniques used to keep these, and artifacts around the world, in their best possible condition.
February 9 - Heart-Healthy Nutrition
Show some love to one of your hardest-working organsyour heart! Explore the science behind healthy nutrition with hands-on activities blended with some kitchen science.
*Parking is first come, first served in The Franklin Institute's parking garage.
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, December 12 - 6:00PM-9:00PM (Presentation at 7:00PM)
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.
December's Theme: TBA
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When: Saturday, December 14 - 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. During 2013, we will look at a new theme each quarter, with demonstrations changing monthly. Stop by each month and by the end of 2013 you will be a Kitchen Science expert!
December's Theme: The Science Of...
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Kitchen Science programs are made possible by a grant from the Don Falconio Memorial Fund.
Additional support provided by:
Pompeii Lecture Series
When: Various dates. See below.
Cost: $5.00 per person for Franklin Institute Member. Reservations are required. CLICK HERE for more information and to book! Use code franklinmember to receive this discount at checkout.
As a Member of The Franklin Institute, pay just $5 per person for Pompeii-themed lectures at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
This winter, the Penn Museum invites Franklin Institute Members to delve into the sordid, the scientific, and the surviving details of this ancient city with the Pompeii Lecture Series presented on select Sunday afternoons to complement One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute!
Sunday, February 16 at 2:00PM
Dr. Brian Rose, Curator, Penn Museum Mediterranean Section
Dining and Lovemaking in Pompeii
The destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D. allows us to reconstruct extensively the nature of daily life in an Early Imperial Roman town, especially the residents' attitudes toward food and sex.
Sunday, March 16 at 2:00PM
Victoria Coates, Penn Department of Art History
Visiting with the Ancients: Herculaneum, Pompeii and the Grand Tour
The Grand Tour was well established by the time Herculaneum and then Pompeii were excavated in the 18th century. Their recovery transformed the practice, however, adding a new de rigueur stop on the itinerary where eager antiquarians were promised an opportunity to directly encounter the Roman past.