Your MEMBERSHIP GUIDE

Please Note: This information is for Franklin Institute Members only. CLICK HERE for guidelines regarding the ASTC Reciprocal Membership Program.

Your Membership Card
Parking
Fels Planetarium
Tuttleman IMAX® Theater
Franklin Theater
Using Free Theater Tickets
SkyBike
Special Exhibit Fees
Important Numbers
Members' Events
Email and Online Information
Upgrading Your Membership
Informational Changes
Fundraising Events
Volunteer Opportunities
Gift Memberships
Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)

Your Membership Card

Bring your Membership card to either the Membership or Ticketing Desk when you arrive to receive admission and theater tickets, along with any important information you might need to start your visit. Use the Membership identification number on your card to purchase event, special exhibits, or theater tickets in advance.

Parking

The entrance to The Franklin Institute's parking garage is located on 21st Street at Winter Street. It is best to arrive early! Parking is first come, first served for everyone, including Premier level Members who receive Parking Garage Vouchers. Additionally, please note that the garage has limited parking for over-sized vans, trucks, and SUVs.

If your Membership includes Parking Garage Vouchers, you will receive the allotted vouchers, each valid for one single visit, with your Membership card. The museum's parking facility accepts cash and all major credit cards.

If the parking garage is full, there are additional parking facilities in the area; however, The Franklin Institute is not affiliated with any of these garages and rates may vary. Please also be aware that none of the area parking facilities will accept the Premier Membership's Parking Garage Vouchers. CLICK HERE for additional information on our parking rates and services.

Fels Planetarium

Planetarium shows are free to all Members, and are available on a first come, first served basis. Shows are open to all ages. For features and show times, click here or call 215.448.1200.

Tuttleman IMAX® Theater

All Members receive discounted or free tickets to IMAX® films shown at The Franklin Institute. Please call 215.448.1200 or CLICK HERE for showtimes. We strongly recommend that you reserve tickets in advance during holiday seasons, school vacations, and throughout the duration of blockbuster exhibits. Please note that advanced Member tickets can only be purchased by phone or in person at the museum. Online ticketing does not include Member prices. To reserve your tickets in advance, please call 215.448.1200. Telephone lines are open daily, 9:00AM-5:00PM.

Tickets purchased in advance are subject to a service fee; please have a major credit card ready when you call. Free tickets are not valid for major motion pictures.

Franklin 3DTheater

All Members receive discounted or free tickets to films shown in the Franklin 3D Theater. Please call 215.448.1200 or CLICK HERE for showtimes. We strongly recommend that you reserve tickets in advance during holiday seasons, school vacations, and throughout the duration of blockbuster exhibits. Please note that advanced Member tickets can only be purchased by phone or in person at the museum. Online ticketing does not include Member prices. To purchase your tickets in advance, please call 215.448.1200. Telephone lines are open daily, 9:00AM-5:00PM.

Tickets purchased in advance are subject to a service fee; please have a major credit card ready when you call.

Using Theater Passes

If, as a benefit of your Membership, you receive Theater Passes, you will not receive physical passes in the mail. Theater Passes are tracked electronically and deducted from your account when used. Advance reservations using Theater Passes are not subject to a service fee. Theater Passes will expire with current Memberships and cannot be carried over with renewal. Theater Passes are not valid for major motion pictures.

SkyBike

The SkyBike is free to Members, although certain restrictions do apply. Riders must be at least 56 inches tall and weigh less than 250 pounds. Flip-flops, hats, open-backed shoes, and skirts are not permitted.

Traveling Exhibit Fees

The Franklin Institute strives to bring exemplary traveling exhibitions to you and Philadelphia. Because of the expense associated with hosting tremendous traveling exhibitions, some are not included with Members' free admission. Exclusive Member benefits for each traveling exhibit will be announced via the Members' Email Newsletter, Spectacles. We strongly recommend that you reserve special exhibit tickets in advance, especially during weekends, holiday seasons, and school vacations. Please note that advanced Member tickets can only be purchased by phone or in person at the museum. Online ticketing does not offer Member prices. To reserve your tickets in advance, please call 215.448.1200. Telephone lines are open daily, 9:00AM-5:00PM.

Important Numbers

Membership Office

215.448.1200, Select Option 2

Membership Fax

215.448.1235

Membership Email

membership@fi.edu

General Information

215.448.1200, Select Option 1

Group Reservations

215.448.1200, Select Option 3

Non-Member Ticket Reservations

215.448.1200, Select Option 4

Camp-In, Discovery Camps, Workshops, Birthday Parties

215.448.1200, Select Option 5

Development

215.448.1200, Select Option 6

Traveling Science Shows

215.448.1200, Select Option 3

Sales and Catering

215.448.1200, Select Option 7


Members' Events

Exclusive Members' events are held throughout the year and are listed in Spectacles, a mailing Members will receive tri-annually. Exclusive Member events can also be found on the Members Events page of our website. CLICK HERE for a listing of upcoming Member programs, including Member Sundays and other exciting events.

Reservations are required for Members' events unless otherwise specified.

E-Mail and Online Information

Our bi-weekly Members' e-mail, Spectacles Online, provides additional information regarding exclusive Member programs and prices. If you do not currently receive Member e-mail updates, contact the Membership Office at 215.448.1200 or membership@fi.edu to add your e-mail address to our records. Member e-mail addresses are used for internal purpose only and are not shared with any outside organizations.

CLICK HERE to access The Franklin Institute's website, which provides information on the latest exhibits, programming, and showtimes, as well as scientific resources, curriculum materials for teachers, links to other valuable websites, and fun activities for children and adults alike.

Upgrading Your Membership

You may upgrade to a higher level of Membership within 60 days of your original subscription by simply paying the difference in the cost of the Membership. The expiration date of your Membership will remain the same. If you wish to upgrade your Membership please call 215.448.1200. Telephone lines are open daily, 9:00AM-5:00PM.

Informational Changes

Please keep us informed when changes occur, such as relocation to a new address, by contacting the Membership Office at 215.448.1200 or membership@fi.edu. Telephone lines are open daily, 9:00AM-5:00PM.

Fundraising Opportunities

Members can support The Franklin Institute beyond their dues by participating in annual fundraising events. The Annual Fund is a year-long campaign that subsidizes admission for an average of 300,000 students each year, with some 30,000 schoolchildren visiting free of charge. School visits and museum programs are also supported by The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner, a black-tie event honoring individuals who have made significant advances in science and technology. CLICK HERE for information regarding both the Annual Fund and Awards Ceremony.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Franklin Institute values its more than 500 dedicated volunteers and has continuous opportunities for persons ages 15 and older. From interpreting science to visitors, to assisting guests with questions, to behind-the-scenes support, we may have the perfect opportunity for you or your family members. For more information, please call 215.448.1163.

Gift Memberships

Give the gift of year-long exploration at The Franklin Institute to friends or family! Membership can also be the perfect addition to your special event raffle or silent auction. To purchase a Membership as a gift or for an event, please contact the Membership Office at 215.448.1200. Telephone lines are open daily, 9:00AM-5:00PM. CLICK HERE for a downloadable Membership form that can be completed and faxed to 215.448.1235 or mailed to: Membership Department, The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. We recommend that Gift Memberships not be purchased online.

Association of Science-Technology Centers Passport Program

Members of The Franklin Institute are entitled to admission benefits to over 250 reciprocal science and technology centers throughout the world. When traveling, be sure to take along your Franklin Institute Membership card and visit other great science museums. To receive reciprocal benefits, simply present your current Membership card upon arrival to the participating museum or center. If you do not have your Membership card, please contact The Franklin Institute's Membership Office at 215.448.1200 at least three days ahead of your visit to receive your Membership confirmation letter through email or fax, which can be used in lieu of a Membership card. Telephone lines are open daily, 9:00AM-5:00PM.

Program Restrictions:

Reciprocal benefits at participating museums do not guarantee free admission to special exhibits, theaters, or programs at these museums. This program does not entitle the cardholder to museum Member benefits, such as discounts in retail stores or restaurants. Additionally, each museum or science center reserves the right to define "Family Membership" and "number in family." Museums are subject to admission or deletion from the ASTC program without our notice.

1. Based on participants' location: Science Centers/Museums located within a 90-mile (150- km) radius of each other are excluded from the Passport Program. 90 miles is measured "as the crow flies" and not by driving distance. Please note this rule is mandatory for all participating science museums.

2. Based on Members' residence: Passport Program benefits do not apply to those Members whose principal place of residence is within a participating science center's or museum's local market area. In other words, to receive Passport Program benefits, your Members must live more than 90 miles away from the center/museum they wish to visit. Please note this rule is different for each institution; those who abide by this restriction are identified in the list by (check IDs).

CLICK HERE for a list of participating museums and science centers located beyond a 90-mile radius.