The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Franklin Institute

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.

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34 Reviews for The Franklin Institute

Recommended by 95% of couples


4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.6
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Lauren G. · Married on 11/23/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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.

    Sent on 06/18/2020
  • Lauren-Marie

    Lauren-Marie · Married on 11/09/2019

    5.0
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
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    Unforgettable!

    Our wedding at the Franklin Institute was perfect and STUNNING!

    My husband and I knew we wanted our wedding to be in Philly because it represents us as a couple since we spend so much time out and about in the city. We have no regrets with choosing the Franklin Institute as our reception venue. It was an amazing night that our guests and we will never forget!

    My Mom and I booked tours at 9 different reception venues in Philly. The Franklin Institute was the first of our 9 visits. As a teacher that has had field trips at the FI, I just wasn't sure that I wanted to have my wedding at the same location that I've brought kindergarteners to for a field trip. Boy am I glad I gave it a chance. After seeing the Franklin Institute on the first day of our first visits, it was clear that every other venue paled in comparison. Sure, there were some beautiful venues but none of them came close to the unique and breathtaking elements that the FI had to offer.

    You can have your cocktail hour in the brain which is so unique. We loved that our guests could have an interactive experience! It was really neat for out-of-towners as well as people that just haven't been to the FI in ages.

    The light and sound package can't be beat! As your guests enter the main dining room, the lights change, a video plays and the whole reception experience transforms right before your eyes. You choose all of your light settings ahead of time and you are able to project any logos, photos or videos that you want! There are engineers on site the night of your wedding to ensure everything is running smoothly. We got lots of compliments on the slideshow we had running throughout the length of the reception.

    Even more amazing than the light and sound package?! The GINORMOUS statue of Ben overlooking the most amazing night of your life.

    You can't get a better dance floor than a true marble floor. We were able to line the stairs with candlelight which looked gorgeous. The chiavari chairs unfortunately aren't included but they are absolutely worth it and will make your room look amazing!

    We had a representative from the FI and one from the catering company that worked together to help us plan our event. On the night of our wedding, we had a bridal attendant that was amazing! She was there for everything we needed the entire night!

    We loved that there can only be one wedding per night so everyone was focused on our event and not multitasking with other weddings.

    They validate parking for $7 per car which is amazing considering it's Philly. Trolleys will drop your guests off at the front steps which makes for an epic entrance!

    The bathrooms are pretty ugly since they aren't a fancy venue but you can do things on your own to give them a personal touch.

    There are soooooo many amazing photo opportunities throughout the FI and they give the bride/groom and photographer full access.

    Lots of options as far as where you put your bars, your food stations, photo booth, etc. The food is all made from scratch from the Frog Commissary.

    We had a few bumps in the road during our two year planning process but overall everything was great; our wedding day was everything we dreamed of and so much more! The Franklin Institute is an amazingly unique venue that you and your guests will rave about.

    Thank you to Gina, Beth and everyone else that helped make our wedding reception the most special, amazing night of our lives. We will never forget it!!!

    Sent on 10/23/2020

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The Franklin Institute FAQ

  • 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?
    $ 5000
  • 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?
    $ 1500
  • 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
  • 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

3 Real Weddings

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • 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 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 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!

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  • 222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103 See on map
    215-515-2254 (Phone number)
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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, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.6 in flexibility and 4.6 in value.