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The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia, PA View map Visit website
Rating 4.7 out of 5
35 reviews
Up to 300 guests

About

Up to 300 guests

The Franklin Institute is a stunning museum wedding venue located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This awe-inspiring venue offers an array of unique event rooms and exhibits to facilitate a one of a kind wedding celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

The Franklin Institute offers stylish, elegant, and versatile event spaces for your special day. For an outdoor ceremony with breathtaking views, The Rooftop Deck provides ample space for up to 150 guests.

The Planetarium provides another one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony experience, with a 60-foot immersive dome showcasing a variety of customized starfields.

Enjoy an unforgettable cocktail hour, engaging with our interactive and immersive exhibits. Your wedding reception in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial will wow your guests. The 20-foot national monument of Benjamin Franklin is surrounded by marble columns supporting an 82-foot domed ceiling and gold-gilded oculus.

For smaller, more intimate receptions, enjoy your ceremony or dinner in Pepper Hall, the original reading room for the first Patent Library in the United States. The space features an exquisite hand-stained ceiling, antique wooden floors, built-in mahogany bookshelves, and breathtaking views of the museum district.

Services Offered

The Franklin Institute offers an array of services and amenities to assist with your day. We offer you and your bridal party a dedicated bridal suite for the evening. The museum also offers onsite guest parking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$5,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

20+

Describe your venue:

Historic Building
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

35 Reviews

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Recommended by 95% of couples
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    Rating 4.7 out of 5

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    Lauren G. Married on 11/23/2019
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    Incredible Wedding Reception Venue

    There are not enough words to express how wonderful the team at the Franklin Institute and their in-house caterer Frog Commissary made our wedding reception. It was absolutely magical from start to finish, and the planning process throughout the year leading up to our wedding was absolutely seamless. We interacted via calls and emails regularly, visited a number of times for walk throughs, decor and lighting consultations, and a tasting (we are out of state and they accommodated us SO wonderfully), and honestly just had so much FUN with the team of staff from the Franklin and Frog throughout the whole process!!! Our guests raved about cocktail hour in the exhibits as well as the big reveal into Franklin Hall, and the room looked exactly as we had imagined it, tables, lighting, and all! Kristi and Morgan got us scheduled and
    booked, and our Big Day was made so special especially by Connie, Gina, and our attendants and catering staff who, please know, are some of the kindest and most helpful people we have ever had the pleasure of working with. Thank you ALL so much for your hospitality, attention to detail, and truly accommodating nature!! We feel like we could not possibly have picked a better venue for our wedding reception and feel so lucky that the FI/Frog has such an incredible team of professionals to help us see it through. Photos attached are by Daniel Moyer Photography.
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    Josepha G. Married on 10/11/2019
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    Fantastic iconic wedding

    Our wedding at the Franklin Institute on November 10, 2019 was spectacular. People are still talking about it being the most beautiful wedding ceremony and dinner/party they had attended. The entire staff was attentive, knowledgeable, totally supportive and we didn't have to worry about a single detail from the moment of our arrival until our departure at the end of the night. I can't say enough about the entire staff and the wonderful Frog Commisary.

Awards

  • 35
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner

Real Weddings

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    61 photos · 06/08/2019
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    91 photos · 01/05/2019
  • Alanna & Mike
    42 photos · 12/11/2018

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Leigh Florist Leigh Florist Wedding Florists

This space is beyond gorgeous!! So many ooo's and aaaahs from guests! This is unique and grand space that will make for a wonderful upscale event. The lighting package really sets the scene for an incredible event.

Elizabeth Frumin, Weddings With Heart Elizabeth Frumin, Weddings With Heart Wedding Officiants

Ii have officiated ceremonies at the Franklin Institute and have been continually impressed by the excellence, caring, beauty, fun and flow of the events. Gina and the crew of helping hands truly look to support people in having memorable experiences. I always look forward to events at the Franklin Institute and working with the vendors. The events have gone seamlessly and joyfully, I highly recommend the Franklin Institute as a fun and beautiful location for a wedding or any event.

Cheekadee Makeup Artists Cheekadee Makeup Artists Wedding Hair & Makeup

My words can not do justice to how amazing this place is!!! The Franklyn Institute is so unique and gorgeous! The staff is so accommodating and the rooftop ceremony is stunning and something you will NEVER forget!

Map

222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103
2154481165
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The Franklin Institute frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Franklin Institute?

The Franklin Institute includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Franklin Institute, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Franklin Institute includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At The Franklin Institute, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Franklin Institute includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink

What are the most important characteristics of The Franklin Institute in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Franklin Institute for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Franklin Institute for wedding events?

The Franklin Institute offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Franklin Institute offer?

The Franklin Institute offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Franklin Institute offer for wedding events?

The Franklin Institute offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Franklin Institute have available for wedding events?

The Franklin Institute offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Franklin Institute and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Franklin Institute is recommended by 97% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.7 in average response time, 4.7 in flexibility, 4.7 in professionalism and 4.7 in value.

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