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 to facilitate a wondrous wedding celebration. Here, couples can choose to get married under the stars in broad daylight, pledge their vows under the eyes of Benjamin Franklin, or walk through a giant heart on their way to the reception. Your wedding event can be a truly unforgettable experience when held at The Franklin Institute.

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 200 guests in a theatre-style seating arrangement. Your guests can enjoy taking in the city skyline as well as Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum District as they gather to witness your commitment. For a spectacular indoor ceremony, the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial provides the perfect spot. The 20-foot statue is surrounded by marble columns supporting an 82-foot domed ceiling and gold-gilded oculus. After your special ceremony, your guests can seamlessly transition to the Jordan Lobby & Bartol Atrium for a stately cocktail hour. The hand-painted linen ceiling and pristine marble floors elevate any celebration with a sense of grandeur and opulence. The Planetarium provides another one-of-a-kind event experience, with a 60-foot immersive dome showcasing the splendor of the uninterrupted night sky. For an elegant seated reception, Petter Hall provides the ideal space. It offers a versatile and stylish event room that can host 220 guests for a seated dinner. The towering, hand-painted ceiling and antique wooden flooring throughout oozes old-world charm. The large picture windows allow natural light to grace your celebration while offering stunning views across the city. Dedicated get-ready rooms can be found on the fifth floor Conference Center where you and your party can prepare for your special day in comfort and style.

Services Offered

The Franklin Institute is committed to ensuring that your event is a spectacular success and offers an array of services and amenities to assist with your day. A dedicated Bridal Coordinator will be available for your rehearsal and wedding day to attend to your needs and assist with any last-minute details. 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, decor, and much more to facilitate a magical celebration.

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Moonlit ceremony
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Here comes the bride
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30 Reviews for The Franklin Institute

Recommended by 94% 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 4.7

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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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    Sophia · Married on 06/17/2017

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    Not your typical ballroom/banquet hall; has character, class and awesome service! Filled with beautiful details from the high dramatic ceiling to the marble floors, the interactive rooms, the Ben statue, the lighting (get the package) ---so many compliments and didn't want our wedding to end!

    Sent on 08/28/2017

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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? $ 5,000.00
  • 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? $ 1,500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, 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, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 11
  • 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
  • What event services do you offer? Cake, Clean Up, Event Planner, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking

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  • 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
    Elizabeth Frumin 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!

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  • 222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103 See on map
    215-515-2254 (Phone number)

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