Memorial Day Weekend Special Programming

A U.S. Air Force plane

Saturday, May 25  | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Plan a visit this Memorial Day Weekend and immerse yourself in special activities and programming from local partners on Saturday, May 25. Plus, all weekend long, experience our classic exhibits, planetarium shows, and live science shows, and see over 100 creations made from LEGO® bricks in The Art of the Brick—with a 9,000-square-foot brick play space. 

Activities are included with museum admission. The Art of the Brick requires an additional ticket.  

The museum is open all weekend long, including Monday, May 27.

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Special Programming

  • Meet Scout Mayor, the Children's Librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia, for a summer-themed story time for our younger guests. 10:30 am | The Bypass  

  • Meet Dr. Brain Dude, aka Russell J. Buono, PhD, from Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, known for his traveling collection of brain specimens and outreach efforts to educate on brain structure, function, and disease. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Wisdom Hall  

  • Meet representatives from Philadelphia Phoenix of the Ultimate Frisbee Association (UFA) and participate in frisbee throwing as you learn more about the aerodynamics of the sport. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Science Park   

  • Meet Robert Soloman of NextFab and Formin’ Function Fabrications and learn all about 3D printing through live demos with various examples of 3D-printed items on view. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Key Hallway  

  • Join the Drexel Society of Women Engineers for a mechanical engineering demo showcasing simple physics through Newton's Cradle. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Key Hallway  

  • Meet Andrew Bunting, vice president of horticulture at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, for a demonstration of pollinator gardens. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Wisdom Hall 

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Astronaut David Scott gives salute beside U.S. flag during EVA

Military Discount

Active and Retired Personnel w/ Military ID always receive a $2 discount to visit The Franklin Institute! Thank you for your service.


Benjamin Franklin's United States Flag

When visitors enter Jordan Lobby at The Franklin Institute, they see four flags: the United States flag, the state flag of Pennsylvania, the flag of the City of Philadelphia, and a flag with 13 8-pointed stars and red, white, and blue stripes – the Franklin flag.

join or die political cartoon

Benjamin Franklin and the Declaration of Independence

In 1776, Franklin had already accomplished many of the things he is best known for today, but would go on to sign not only the Declaration of Independence but also the Treaty of Paris, as well as the Constitution that established the United States government as we know it today.