Science and Education

At The Franklin Institute, we help people understand science and technology in ways that empower them to make decisions about critical issues that affect their lives.

We also participate in and advocate for the free exchange of evidence-based, peer-reviewed scientific research and ideas.
TFI is proud to welcome all who are curious and to continue Benjamin Franklin’s legacy of lifelong learning as we have done since 1824.

Cyrus Chamber's Steam Engine

Collections of The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts. The items featured here help tell the story of the history of science and technology. We present pieces of our collection online to inspire curiosity.


Collection Highlights

Explore Science with Us

Franklin @ Home: Science projects, experiments and explorations you can do at home!

Franklin @ Home

Corporate Professional Development in Your Brain Exhibit

Professional Development


Youth & Community Programs

Feed Your Curiousity

Behind the scenes of "A Practical Guide to the Cosmos" with Derrick Pitts and Kalpana Pot

The Franklin Institute on YouTube

Behind the scenes of the "So Curious!" podcast with hosts Kirsten Michelle Cills and The Bul Bey

So Curious! Podcast

Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts in the Observatory at The Franklin Institute

Night Skies at Home with Derrick Pitts

snowflake image

Benjamin Franklin Hub

Interactive science: kids doing science in a classroom lab

Interactive Science!

Rachel Carson

Blog: The Current

Science in Our Community and Beyond

Franklin Institute Staff Scientists Darryl Williams, Jayatri Das and Derrick Pitts

The Franklin Institute's Staff Scientists

The Franklin Institute Awards May 5, 2022

The Franklin Institute Awards


GSK Science in the Summer™

Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie

Mission2Mars Program

Vaccine Vial Illustration

Children's Vaccine Education Program

Painting of Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, by Benjamin West. Oil on slate, circa 1816.

Scientific Journals of The Franklin Institute