Where to Eat & Stay

The Eatery
The Eatery on the museum's second floor is a culinary destination catering to a wide range of tastes. Open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, it offers a diverse menu featuring local favorites and options for those with more sophisticated palates.

The menu includes iconic treats like Philadelphia Pretzel Factory soft pretzels, classic cheesesteaks, flavorful pizzas, and cheeseburgers made with high-quality fresh beef from The Grill. For lighter options, find a selection of fresh salads, grilled sandwiches, and daily specials to choose from in The Eatery.

One highlight is the Salad Bar, offering a selection of seasonal proteins, an array of toppings, and various bases to create a personalized and fresh dining experience.

For a local delicacy or a more sophisticated culinary adventure, The Eatery at The Franklin Institute is the spot.  


The Franklin Institute Café
The Café in the museum’s Ticketing area is open daily from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm. This popular grab-and-go spot offers a delightful array of culinary delights.

Indulge in assorted options, including sandwiches, refreshing salads, and beverages. The menu also features freshly baked snacks, delicious homemade cookies, and iconic soft pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory for those seeking a local treat.

For a cool and sweet treat, The Café has you covered with favorites like Dippin' Dots™ and ICEE™. Additionally, you can explore seasonal hot items that add a touch of warmth and flavor to your visit.

For a quick snack or even a more substantial bite, The Café is the spot.


You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in our Science Park.  Science Park is open seasonally, weather permitting.

There are a variety of local options available within walking distance.  You may re-enter the museum as long as you have your ticket.

Local Restaurants

Buena Onda
Tacos, $$
1901 Callowhill St.
Outdoor dining available
Alcoholic beverages available
*Show your TFI ticket for 10% off your bill!

Con Murphy's
Irish, Pubs, Sports Bars, $$
1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Outdoor dining available, walk-ins and reservations
Alcoholic beverages available
​*Show your TFI ticket for 10% off your bill!  Applies to food only.

Kite & Key
American, $$
1836 Callowhill St.
Outdoor dining available
Alcoholic beverages available

Misconduct Tavern
Bar, Burgers, $$ 
1801 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Outdoor dining available
Alcoholic beverages available

Moustaki Gyro
Greek, $$
161 N. 21st St.
Outdoor dining available
No alcoholic beverages available

Old Nelson Food Co
Deli, Sandwiches, $
1833 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Outdoor dining available, deli style, limited availability
Alcoholic beverages available

Pete's Famous Pizza
Pizza, Chicken Wings, Pasta, $
115 N. 21st St.
Outdoor dining available, limited availability
Alcoholic beverages available
​*Show your TFI ticket for 10% off your bill!

Pizzeria Vetri
Pizza, Italian, $$
1939 Callowhill St.
Outdoor dining available, walk-ins and reservations
Alcoholic beverages available

Sabrina's Cafe
Breakfast & Brunch, American, $$
1804 Callowhill Street
Outdoor dining available, Saturday and Sunday Only, walk-ins, Waitlist available
No alcoholic beverages

Urban Farmer
American, Steakhouse, $$$
1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Outdoor Dining Available, walk-ins and reservations
Alcoholic beverages available

Local Hotels
The Logan Philadelphia Hotel

Philadelphia’s most beloved hotel has undergone a complete transformation. Welcome to the reborn, re-imagined and refined cosmopolitan hotel of Philadelphia. The Logan is a social magnet, infused with a confident, contemporary, and artistic point of view. A special enclave for business and leisure travelers alike, nowhere else gets you as close to all the action in Philadelphia, or if you choose, providing all you need so you never need leave the hotel. A vibrant hub, here lies Philadelphia’s true heart and soul of the city, teeming with extraordinary people and unique experiences.

The Logan Philadelphia Hotel

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

Stay artfully when in Philly. Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square has 439 guest rooms including 25 suites that can accommodate families. Located on the corner of 18th& Market Streets, just a few blocks away from the Franklin Institute, stay in the center of it all. The hotel is steps away from Philadelphia’s favorite restaurants, attractions, shopping and entertainment venues, museums and historic attractions. Guests of the hotel enjoy complimentary high speed wireless internet, access to our 24 hour fitness center, business center, and seasonal rooftop heated pool open Memorial Day – Labor Day. Stroll through the lobby art gallery, curated by Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists or admire our 22 story mural on the front of our art hotel created by the world renown City of Philadelphia’s Mural Art Program. Dine and sip artfully in ArtBar. Located off the lobby serving breakfast and evening small, shared and sweet plates and cocktails featuring a daily happy hour.

Guests can go to www.Sonesta.com/Philadelphia

The Rittenhouse

Less than a mile from the Franklin Institute, The Rittenhouse is a standout among luxury hotels in Philadelphia’s Center City, offering visitors a Forbes Four Star experience with well-appointed rooms and suites, world-class service, and the most desirable location in town. From fine dining culinary experiences to our relaxing salt water pool and rejuvenating treatments from the spa, our Rittenhouse Square luxury hotel offers personalized experiences and provides the perfect balance of sophistication and relaxation for families, business travelers, and romantic vacationers alike. Stay and enjoy the invigorating charm and rich history of Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s most beloved destinations.