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The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia , PA
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LOCATION

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US (map)

PHONE

215-448-1165

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

It’s no theory… it’s a fact: there is no venue in Philadelphia more inspiring than The Franklin Institute Science Museum. Named for America’s most dignified statesman and earliest... Read more
It’s no theory… it’s a fact: there is no venue in Philadelphia more inspiring than The Franklin Institute Science Museum. Named for America’s most dignified statesman and earliest innovator, The Franklin Institute offers you the opportunity to stage an event as elegant and inventive as Ben Franklin.

With its breathtaking spaces and stimulating environment, The Franklin Institute is the key to an event that is truly “electrifying.” Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1932
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Classic / Traditional
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
450
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
11
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
3500
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
140
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1932
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Classic / Traditional, Eclectic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
3500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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jessica
Wedding:
1/4/2015
5.0/5.0
Everything was EXCEPTIONAL!!! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. They were very accommodating to where we wanted pictures and the cocktail hour. It was beautiful and everyone keeps talking about it.
Everything was EXCEPTIONAL!!! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. They were very accommodating to where we wanted Read more...
Everything was EXCEPTIONAL!!! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. They were very accommodating to where we wanted pictures and the cocktail hour. It was beautiful and everyone keeps talking about it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I had my sights set on the Franklin Institute before we even got engaged and it did not disappoint. It was the perfect setting for a unique downtown wedding. Our guests loved it. Perfection
I had my sights set on the Franklin Institute before we even got engaged and it did not disappoint. It was the perfect Read more...
I had my sights set on the Franklin Institute before we even got engaged and it did not disappoint. It was the perfect setting for a unique downtown wedding. Our guests loved it. Perfection Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We are so glad that we chose the Franklin Institute as our wedding venue. It provided such a unique and magical experience for us and our guests! We got married in the planetarium, had cocktail hour through the exhibits, and had dinner and dancing in Franklin Hall. All of the staff is absolutely wonderful and the venue is so beautiful!
We are so glad that we chose the Franklin Institute as our wedding venue. It provided such a unique and magical experience Read more...
We are so glad that we chose the Franklin Institute as our wedding venue. It provided such a unique and magical experience for us and our guests! We got married in the planetarium, had cocktail hour through the exhibits, and had dinner and dancing in Franklin Hall. All of the staff is absolutely wonderful and the venue is so beautiful! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
The Franklin Institute was absolutely beautiful and was extremely fun - everyone keeps commenting on how it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to. The staff was extremely helpful and it was the perfect evening. The main issue is with time - you can't have the wedding until the museum closes and while they do allow you to enter earlier in the day to get ready, you're still limited in how far beforehand you're allowed to get there so we were rushing to get ready and get photos done beforehand. It was definitely a beautiful, fun, memorable wedding though and would do it again in a heart beat.
The Franklin Institute was absolutely beautiful and was extremely fun - everyone keeps commenting on how it was the most Read more...
The Franklin Institute was absolutely beautiful and was extremely fun - everyone keeps commenting on how it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to. The staff was extremely helpful and it was the perfect evening. The main issue is with time - you can't have the wedding until the museum closes and while they do allow you to enter earlier in the day to get ready, you're still limited in how far beforehand you're allowed to get there so we were rushing to get ready and get photos done beforehand. It was definitely a beautiful, fun, memorable wedding though and would do it again in a heart beat. Read less
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Cindy
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.8/5.0
Food was excellent and beautifully displayed.
Food was excellent and beautifully displayed.
Food was excellent and beautifully displayed. Read less
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Ami
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
As an excessively nerdy couple, my then-fiance-now-husband and I couldn't have asked for a better spot for our wedding and reception than The Franklin Institute. Gina DeGiovanni and her event management team were a pleasure to work with -- responsive, creative and helpful, in coordination with our magical wedding planner (Katie/DFW Planning), they orchestrated our traditional Indian wedding (starting with a Baraat up the Pendulum Staircase with a drummer providing the soundtrack) with grace and ease. With a cocktail hour in the Changing Earth, Electricity and Human Body exhibits and a gorgeously elegant reception at the foot of Ben Franklin himself, every single one of our guests enjoyed the day!
As an excessively nerdy couple, my then-fiance-now-husband and I couldn't have asked for a better spot for our wedding and Read more...
As an excessively nerdy couple, my then-fiance-now-husband and I couldn't have asked for a better spot for our wedding and reception than The Franklin Institute. Gina DeGiovanni and her event management team were a pleasure to work with -- responsive, creative and helpful, in coordination with our magical wedding planner (Katie/DFW Planning), they orchestrated our traditional Indian wedding (starting with a Baraat up the Pendulum Staircase with a drummer providing the soundtrack) with grace and ease. With a cocktail hour in the Changing Earth, Electricity and Human Body exhibits and a gorgeously elegant reception at the foot of Ben Franklin himself, every single one of our guests enjoyed the day! Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
We just had our wedding at The Franklin Institute and wanted to post about how wonderful it was! The museum is a gorgeous and unique place to get married - the architecture is amazing and you're able to mix the classic columns of Franklin Hall and the steps outside with the unique and cool aspects of the planetarium and exhibits. The lighting package is also fantastic. Gina DeGiovanni, who we worked with, was one of our favorite vendors of the whole process - kind and calm and so nice and flexible! If you want a memorable and unique venue, TFI it is!
We just had our wedding at The Franklin Institute and wanted to post about how wonderful it was! The museum is a gorgeous Read more...
We just had our wedding at The Franklin Institute and wanted to post about how wonderful it was! The museum is a gorgeous and unique place to get married - the architecture is amazing and you're able to mix the classic columns of Franklin Hall and the steps outside with the unique and cool aspects of the planetarium and exhibits. The lighting package is also fantastic. Gina DeGiovanni, who we worked with, was one of our favorite vendors of the whole process - kind and calm and so nice and flexible! If you want a memorable and unique venue, TFI it is! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.0/5.0
This is such an amazing, beautiful, elegant and nerdy venue. A nerd's paradise. I want to give them 5 stars so badly. Unfortuantely, the people running the show need to get it together. The venue itself rocked. Our guests are still talking about it and how it was the best, most entertaining wedding they have ever been to. It really pains me to not give FI 5 stars, but I just can't. It's a logistical nightmare. They have interns (who are full time college students) run the show. We reserved the FI a year in advanced and in that year, our point of contact changed 4 times. If you're ok with going with the flow and don't really need to know every single detail, or plan every single detail, go for it. But if you're one of those people that likes to plan and know things in advance...stay far far away.
It's a one of a kind type of venue. You will surely impress your guests, but the months leading up to the wedding...you may suffer from panic attacks from lack of communication from the FI.
This is such an amazing, beautiful, elegant and nerdy venue. A nerd's paradise. I want to give them 5 stars so badly. Read more...
This is such an amazing, beautiful, elegant and nerdy venue. A nerd's paradise. I want to give them 5 stars so badly. Unfortuantely, the people running the show need to get it together. The venue itself rocked. Our guests are still talking about it and how it was the best, most entertaining wedding they have ever been to. It really pains me to not give FI 5 stars, but I just can't. It's a logistical nightmare. They have interns (who are full time college students) run the show. We reserved the FI a year in advanced and in that year, our point of contact changed 4 times. If you're ok with going with the flow and don't really need to know every single detail, or plan every single detail, go for it. But if you're one of those people that likes to plan and know things in advance...stay far far away.
It's a one of a kind type of venue. You will surely impress your guests, but the months leading up to the wedding...you may suffer from panic attacks from lack of communication from the FI. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had our reception at The Franklin Institute (the ceremony was actually held in a nearby catholic church) and it was absolutely beautiful! When we first were deciding on where to have our reception, we stopped by the Franklin unannounced during one of our trips back east. The coordinator at that time happily came down and showed us around the rooms where the cocktail hour and reception would be held. He had all of the information at his fingertips (an iPad) so we had pictures and information available during the tour even though it was an unannounced visit! As time progressed, the coordinator ended up changing but she was just as helpful and responsive as the first!

For us, the cocktail hour was held in three side rooms where our guests played with the activities while enjoying a cocktail. The actual reception was held in the main foyer with the statue of Ben Franklin watching over us. We opted for the lighting package so we could change the lighting on the dome, windows, columns and walls throughout the event and we even had a powerpoint with pictures of our loved ones playing! My (now) husband and I, as well as all of our guests, loved the venue :) Oh and another benefit was that this venue came with the caterer so (for those planning a wedding from across the country like we did) we didn't have to go through the process of finding a caterer.
We had our reception at The Franklin Institute (the ceremony was actually held in a nearby catholic church) and it was Read more...
We had our reception at The Franklin Institute (the ceremony was actually held in a nearby catholic church) and it was absolutely beautiful! When we first were deciding on where to have our reception, we stopped by the Franklin unannounced during one of our trips back east. The coordinator at that time happily came down and showed us around the rooms where the cocktail hour and reception would be held. He had all of the information at his fingertips (an iPad) so we had pictures and information available during the tour even though it was an unannounced visit! As time progressed, the coordinator ended up changing but she was just as helpful and responsive as the first!

For us, the cocktail hour was held in three side rooms where our guests played with the activities while enjoying a cocktail. The actual reception was held in the main foyer with the statue of Ben Franklin watching over us. We opted for the lighting package so we could change the lighting on the dome, windows, columns and walls throughout the event and we even had a powerpoint with pictures of our loved ones playing! My (now) husband and I, as well as all of our guests, loved the venue :) Oh and another benefit was that this venue came with the caterer so (for those planning a wedding from across the country like we did) we didn't have to go through the process of finding a caterer. Read less
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Cherie
Wedding:
12/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We used the Franklin and Frog Commissary for our annual Holiday party. It was both an elegant and fun evening. I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback we received about the service, the venue, the staff and the food. The Titanic exhibit is a must see! My personal experience arranging the event was that catering and guest services was responsive, helpful and a joy to work with. I can't wait to have our next event there!
We used the Franklin and Frog Commissary for our annual Holiday party. It was both an elegant and fun evening. I was Read more...
We used the Franklin and Frog Commissary for our annual Holiday party. It was both an elegant and fun evening. I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback we received about the service, the venue, the staff and the food. The Titanic exhibit is a must see! My personal experience arranging the event was that catering and guest services was responsive, helpful and a joy to work with. I can't wait to have our next event there! Read less
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