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.
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.
32 Reviews for The Franklin Institute
Recommended by 95% of couples
13 User photos
Irina Schvarzman · Married on 09/01/2019
Very unique, cool and beautiful venue!!!
Our wedding (I am the mother of the groom) was held at the Franklin Institute on 09/01/19.Sent on 09/05/2019
The venue is just so cool!!! The chuppah at the planetarium looked amazing with all the lighting!!! The location is great! Many guests said that it was the most unique place they ever attended for a wedding.
We had a lot going on with setup: personalized picture frames, bathroom baskets, table numbers, a personalized gift for the bride for the cocktail hour, a couple of fun stations for the guests. All these needed to be setup and arranged by the event team in a very short period of time. Everything was done to our fullest satisfaction and also everything was packed back for us upon leaving the venue. We also had a movie that we made to play on the TV in the Changing Earth room. Gina and the event team were accommodating for us to bring it in and try it ahead of the time. At the time of the trial I asked if we could have another TV in the Electricity room – the answer was no problem, we will get it all setup for you. And they did! The movie played in both rooms where all of our guests were able to enjoy them.
Connie and the Frog Commissary team were accommodating also to setup the gift for the bride on the table for everyone to enjoy during the cocktail hour. The food was very delicious and very nicely presented. The fish and beef were amazing! The tables were decorated beautifully and tables arranged well so that there was plenty of room for guests to sit comfortable and to dance. The lighting in the room was fabulous!
Acoustics were also great!
Family pictures were taken up on the roof and they came out beautifully
The wedding was held during the weekend of the “Made In America” concert, which made us all nervous preparing for it. Gina (the event coordinator) made sure we had directions, street closures and accommodating parking to assure everyone got in on time. Everything worked out just fine, all vendors and guests made it on time without any troubles.
Lauren Greeley · Married on 11/23/2019
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
Patricia · Married on 11/11/2017
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
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.
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.
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!