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Science After Hours is a quarterly evening event series exclusively for adults ages 21+ curated by Philadelphia’s premier science museum in collaboration with organizations across the city.

Each evening showcases a different theme and includes cash bars and opportunities to explore The Franklin Institute’s hands-on exhibit spaces. Enjoy live performances, surprising challenges, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening's lineup.

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Summer Ball

Science After Hours returns to kick off Philadelphia Pride Weekend and Pride Month with a celebration that screams “Be You!” Produced in partnership with GALAEI, Summer Ball celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community and welcomes all to an evening of drag, dancing, and science. From the illuminated runway to the disco ball, culminating with a midnight balloon drop, we are kicking off the month with a blast! 

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Summer Ball

2024 Science After Hours Events

Spectacular Spectacular

Friday, March 22

Spectacular Spectacular 

Spectacular Spectacular, the ever-popular evening spectacle that has it all—music, dance, cinema, a secret speakeasy, surprise entertainment, and stunning performances wrapped around TFI’s exhibit experiences and rooftop gazing. 


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Summer Ball

Friday, May 31

Summer Ball 

Join us as we celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride month with dancing, performances, talks, demonstrations, and revelry spread out across the museum for you to explore. So, from the runway to the dancefloor, have fun, be you and have a Ball!


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Science After Hours: Fright @ Night

Save the Date - Friday, October 11

Fright @ Night

Join us for a night of surprises, tricks, treats, and delights as the museum transforms into your playground for exploration and intrigue.

Know Before Arriving

  • This is a 21+ event. A valid form of identification will be checked upon entry. 

  • Attendees are allowed small clutch bags only (4.5” x 6.5”). 

  • Food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase at various stations located throughout the museum provided by Seravezza Events. 

  • While we encourage everyone to dress up to the theme, there is no formal dress code for Science After Hours; however, please note that full-face masks are not permitted, and shoes, tops, and bottoms are required for entry. 

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The Franklin Institute is located in Center City Philadelphia, at the intersection of 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Onsite parking is limited, and $25 per vehicle. TFI Members save $10!

271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Learn about the museum's accessible entrances and seating, logistics for parking and wheelchairs, sensory-friendly options, and more.

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If you are a business, school or other organization and would like to participate in Science After Hours, please contact our Producer and Talent Manager, Adam Piazza at

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