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About The Franklin Institute

It’s no theory… it’s a fact: there is no venue in Philadelphia more inspiring than The Franklin Institute Science Museum. Named for America’s most dignified statesman and earliest innovator, The Franklin Institute offers you the unique opportunity to host your  wedding in the most elegant, historical and awe inspiring space in all of Philadelphia. 

Exchange your vows under the stars in the Fels Planetarium, the second oldest planetarium in the country.  Enjoy cocktails among our interactive exhibits, and dine under the grandeur of the Benjamin Franklin Memorial. 

With its breathtaking spaces and stimulating environment, The Franklin Institute is the key to an event that is truly “electrifying.”

For more information, please reach out to us at rentals@fi.edu, or 215-448-1165.

Categories: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner

Regions serviced: Philadelphia

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5.0

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.

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Category: Ceremony & Reception Venue
Services Used: Parking, Bridal Suite, Cake, Clean Up, Event Planning, Lighting/Sound, Set Up, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
5.0

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!

Profile Picture Sophia, 6/17/17, 3 Reviews
Category: Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue, Lighting & Decor, Transportation, Wedding Cake, Wedding Planning
Services Used: Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Indoor, Parking, Bridal Suite, Cake, Clean Up, Event Planning, Lighting/Sound, Set Up

The Franklin Institute Pricing

Ceremony Site Fee
Peak Season
Starting from $1,500.00
Reception Site Fee
Peak Season
Starting from $5,000.00
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Starting from $3,500.00
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Maximum Capacity
450
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0
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11
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City, Classic
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Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
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450
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0
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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!

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222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103   See On Map
215-448-1165 (phone)
The Franklin Institute is a wedding venue from Philadelphia, PA. We service weddings throughout the local area, including Parkway, Philadelphia, and Center City. The Franklin Institute is a professional wedding venue that has been part of the historical and high end wedding industry for 35 years. We specialize in weddings.