Meet the Scientists - Laureates Laboratory

Tuesday, April 22 - 10:00AM-11:45AM
3rd Floor - Pendulum Gallery - Outside of Sports Challenge
Free with Museum Admission

Founded in 1824, along with the The Franklin Institute, The Franklin Institute's Awards Program has long been recognized as one of the oldest and most comprehensive science and technology honors bestowed in the country and around the world. This year, the Institute will honor nine outstanding laureates for their contributions to science and industry.

10:00AM-11:45AM - Laureates Lab
Participate in hands-on activities that illuminate the scientific contributions of the 2014 laureates. Ask the laureates questions about their research, interests, and more!

Becoming an Authentic Global Leader

A Conversation with Bill George
Moderated by Dr. Michael Useem, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 24 - 9:00AM-10:15AM

Free and open to the public. Registration Required. Call 215.448.1130 to register or send an email to


2014 Franklin Institute Bower Award for Business Leadership recipient Bill George a is Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004, and the former Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic, the world's leading medical technology company. Author of the best-selling book True North, Bill George will discuss this and his experiences in the business world during a special Franklin Institute Awards event.

Science After Hours at The Franklin Institute

Cost: $15 Non-Members; $10 Members, 21+

Tired of the bar scene? Explore, imbibe, and feed your curiosity at an evening event series exclusively for adults featuring experiments, demonstrations, conversations, cocktails, and innovative and engaging science!

Each evening showcases a different topic and each includes cash bars and opportunities to play in some of our hands-on exhibit spaces. Enjoy live performances, surprising challenges, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening's lineup.

Science Carnival After Hours
Kick-off the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival!
Friday, April 25 - 6:30PM-9:30PM
CLICK HERE for tickets!

Science After Hours is Sponsored by:


Mark your calendar!
Tuesday, May 13 - CLUE®: Forensic Science Meets the Classic Mystery
Tuesday, July 8 - Neuro-Night at the Museum: Grey Matter
Tuesday, August 12 - Science of the Circus: Fire-Breathers & Funnel Cake
Tuesday, September 9 - Great Inventions: Telephones, Trains, & the Root Beer Float
Tuesday, October 14 - Monster Mash-Up
Tuesday, November 11 - Guilty Pleasures

Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall - The Franklin Institute edition
Tickets: $5 cash at the door, 21+
Show starts at 7:30PM
Local scientists and other experts team up with Franklin Institute science explainers! Don't miss these special editions of Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall in Fishtown.
Wednesday, June 11 - Brains

Sleep: A Bedtime Story

Wednesday, April 30 - 6:30PM
Fels Planetarium
$10 per person - CLICK HERE to buy tickets

What is sleep and why do you need it? What happens when you don't get enough sleep? Enter the world of dreams and hear experts explain where your mind really goes once you've fallen asleep. Cookies and milk included. Additional food and beverage available for purchase.

CLICK HERE for more details.

Science Storytelling: Higher Planes

Thursday, May 1 - 6:30PM
Fels Planetarium
$15 per person - CLICK HERE to buy tickets

What inspires you to reach for the stars? Produced in collaboration with First Person Arts and Story Collider, you'll hear from five storytellers as they share a tale about how science made a difference, affected them, or changed them on a personal and emotional level and inspired them to strive for greatness.

CLICK HERE for more details.

FREE Science Carnival on the Parkway

Saturday, May 3 - 10:00AM-4:00PM
In front of The Franklin Institute

The Philadelphia Science Festival culminates with a free all-day event featuring more than 150 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, games, and a packed line-up of live entertainment and food trucks!

CLICK HERE for more details.

Night Skies in the Observatory

Night Skies in the Observatory

Thursday, May 8 - 7:00PM-10:00PM
Presentation at 8:15PM: TBA
Cost: $5.00 per person, Free for Members

Join us for an evening of stargazing during our monthly Night Skies in the Observatory event.

This month's topic: TBA

Planetarium Hallway - 7:00PM-9:30PM
Stop by and join the Maker movement! We'll provide the materials you need to make and take an illuminated illustration of the universe. You'll work with conductive thread, LED bulbs, and a battery to sew a simple circuit.

About Night Skies in the Observatory
Hosted by Chief Astronomer at The Franklin Institute, Derrick Pitts, the Joel N. Bloom Observatory is open late to the public and offers 5 different telescopes for you to view celestial objects in the sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two. The evening 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. Meet some BIG STARS on the second Thursday of each month at The Franklin Institute! Admission is $5.00. Members are free. Advance reservations are not needed. Tickets are sold on-site when you arrive.

To learn more about the Joel N. Bloom Observatory, CLICK HERE.

Kitchen Science

Sunday, May 25 - 11:00AM-3:00PM
Jordan Lobby near Franklin Foodworks
Free with Museum Admission

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.

Sunday, May 25 - Too Much Sodium? Na!

CLICK HERE for Kitchen Science information and activities to try at home.

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

Additional support provided by:


Calling All Astronomers!

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Monthly Meetings!
Bring all of your out-of-this-world questions!

Join The Rittenhouse Astronomical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM in the Fels Planetarium. The society offers all persons an opportunity to participate in the activities of an astronomical group at the layman's level. They aim to spread knowledge, awareness, and enjoyment of astronomy and astronomical issues. It is a popular science club that keeps its members up-to-date on the latest developments. No experience is necessary to attend the FREE meetings. Come with your astronomy questions!