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.

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 extensive wedding package offered by The Franklin Institute includes exquisite catering by the award-winning FROG Commissary. Couples can choose from a vast selection of delicious dishes to create their own personalized menu to delight their guests. This package also includes a personalized wedding cake, cake table, linens, premium bar services, and much more to facilitate a magical celebration. The museum also offers onsite guest parking.

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Grand entrance
Stunning reception
Stunning reception
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Under the moon and stars
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Rooftop Deck ceremony
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Spectacular
Amazing decor
Amazing decor
Vow exchange
Vow exchange
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All together
Moonlit ceremony
Moonlit ceremony
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Here comes the bride
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In silhourette
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Candlelit ceremony
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32 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 Greeley · 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.

    Sent on 06/18/2020
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    Patricia · Married on 11/11/2017

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    What a showstopper! The venue was the very first thing we searched for in preparations for our big day. Our guests were wowed with panoramic views, great location, top notch service, an amazing light show, & the coolest cocktail hour a wedding has ever seen! Weather moved our rooftop ceremony inside to the stunning Pepper Hall. We absolutely loved the beautiful bookshelves lined with votive candles for our ceremony he gigantic dark wood doors at the end of the room made for a spectacular entrance down the aisle. Beautiful views of our beloved city were visible from every window. After the ceremony, our guests were escorted to cocktail hour in Wisdom Hall & the Brain Exhibit. In the Brain, guests could climb through the two-story neural structure with lighting & sound features. A huge wow factor & perfect spot for some quick bridal party pictures!
    The optional lighting package in Franklin Hall is a must! It added so much color & fun to the space & the stars displayed on the floor during our first dance were magical. With the lighting package, we could indicate which colors we wanted at which intervals throughout the night as well as display a monogram on the pillars throughout the night. Completely customizable & very much worth it!
    Every step along the way we worked with very professional & helpful staff. Gina helped us organize everything- she is on top of it! We were very comfortable & felt as though we were spending our wedding budget wisely to invest in a venue that would be so memorable (& that we could visit in the future without it being weird haha). Pairing Frog Commissary catering with the Franklin is a perfect fit. They are very skilled at working together & know how to put a one of a kind event unique to each couple. The complimentary surprises we received in the mail a month after the wedding was such a treat! We look forward to visiting the Franklin Institute for many years to come to enjoy the museum as well as to remember our special day.

    Sent on 02/17/2018

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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

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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