The Franklin Institute Science Museum
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Neighborhood: Center City/ Logan Circle > Center City West
The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia — 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 opportunity to stage an event as elegant and inventive as Ben himself would have.        

With its breathtaking spaces and stimulating environment, The Franklin Institute is the
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Neighborhood: Center City/ Logan Circle > Center City West

Maximum Capacity: 11520 people
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The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia — As the exclusive evening caterer, Frog is experienced in transforming your affair into an elegant occasion through their tradition of innovation and excellence. Frog Commissary traces its origins to a storefront restaurant called Frog, which opened in 1973 on 16th Street in Philadelphia. Frog was recently named by Philadelphia Magazine as Philadelphia’s Best Restaurant of the past twenty-five years. Throughout the 1980’s the Commissary, a mix of cafeteria, piano bar, table service restaurant, and take-out store, helped define what living in Center City Philadelphia was like. Founded by Steven Poses, Frog Commissary helped spur a restaurant renaissance in Philadelphia and became the namesake for Frog Commissary Catering. At The Franklin Institute, Frog Commissary brings this Philadelphia tradition of innovation and excellence to catered events, ranging from dazzling receptions to elegant seated dinners.

Photos published with permission of The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia — As the exclusive evening caterer, Frog is experienced in transforming your affair into an elegant occasion through their tradition of innovation and excellence.  

Frog Commissary traces its origins to a storefront restaurant called Frog, which opened in 1973 on 16th Street in Philadelphia. Frog was recently named by Philadelphia Magazine as Philadelphia’s Best Restaurant of the past twenty-five years.  Throughout the 1980’s the Commissary, a mix of cafeteria, piano bar, table service restaurant, and take-out store, helped define what living in Center City Philadelphia was like.  

Founded by Steven Poses, Frog Commissary helped spur a restaurant renaissance in Philadelphia and became the namesake for Frog Commissary Catering. At The Franklin Institute, Frog Commissary brings this Philadelphia tradition of innovation and excellence to catered events, ranging from dazzling receptions to elegant seated dinners.The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia — Bartol AtriumThe Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia — For business milestones or the most thrilling personal moments, the rooftop deck grants a panoramic view seen by no other venue. Set just a few blocks from Center City’s skyscrapers, this deck affords an unobstructed view for miles. Whether graced by sunshine or lit with a glow of city lights, the rooftop deck seems to capture the city at its best.  
Beyond the rooftop deck, the fifth floor holds the conference room and its private business center. The state-of-the-art conference room has full satellite capabilities for meetings in addition to a LCD projector, screen, and audio system.The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia — Our exclusive evening caterer, Frog Commissary, adds a delicious flair to events.

435 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19123
p.215-923-6500
f. 215-923-6519The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia — Invite your guests to experience true historic Philadelphia with a twist of imagination. For special events, no other venue in the city offers more exciting spaces, each exhibiting their own aura of sophistication and fun.

With its rooftop deck overlooking the spectacular city skyline, planetarium illuminated by celestial wonders, and breathtaking marble rotunda, The Franklin Institute presents options that fit every type of event.  

Private celebrations shine within the grandeur of our 1930’s building. Corporate gatherings for seminars and meetings enjoy better attendance due to our national reputation and popularity. And all events benefit from the Museum’s built-in parking garage, convenient location, accommodating staff, and inspired atmosphere.The Franklin Institute Science Museum, PhiladelphiaThe Franklin Institute Science Museum, PhiladelphiaThe Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia — Imagine ascending the grand stairs on 20th Street and entering Jordan Lobby. Immediately, your eyes look upward to the hand painted linen ceiling warmly lit by its original chandelier. The Lobby becomes an introduction to your event where servers from Frog Commissary can greet each guest with a glass of wine and sumptuous hors d’oevours. 

Adjacent to Jordan Lobby lies The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial Hall, our nation’s tribute to its greatest citizen. Sixteen three-story columns encapsulate the marble rotunda. An oculus at its peak filters in sunlight, while uplights stream beams of amber, rose, blue, or white onto the carved ceiling.
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Aviation HallPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 180 people
Aviation Hall, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia

Photos published with permission of The Franklin Institute Science Museum

Linking the Franklin Air Show and Electricity, Aviation Hall contains the Portico. The outdoor marble deck surrounded by soaring columns and under the cover of a roof gives an event fresh air without the worry of rain. Aviation Hall and the Portico provide guests the opportunity to experience the exhibits while absorbing the sights of Philadelphia.
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Supported Layouts and Capacities
Banquet - 8 per
Capacity: 90 People
Reception
Capacity: 180 People
Amenities
  • Air Conditioned
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet/Wi-Fi
Features
  • Audio Visual: Built-in AV Equipment
Bartol AtriumPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 700 people 9878 sq ft 917.7 sq meter
Benjamin Franklin National Memorial HallPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 650 people 5184 sq ft 481.6 sq meter
Bioscience ExhibitPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 150 people 1722 sq ft 160 sq meter
Electricity HallPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 150 people 3116 sq ft 289.5 sq meter
Exhibits 1
Exhibit Hall
Exhibits 2
Exhibit Hall
Fels PlanetariumPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 310 people 3959 sq ft 367.8 sq meter
Fifth Floor Conference CenterPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 200 people
Franklin Gallery
General Event Space 5355 sq ft 497.5 sq meter
Jordan LobbyPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 130 people 2516 sq ft 233.7 sq meter
Kid Science
General Event Space 4578 sq ft 425.3 sq meter
Lower LevelPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 1500 people
Lower Mandel
General Event Space 4500 sq ft 418.1 sq meter
Main LevelPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 2000 people
Meeting Room 1
General Event Space 948 sq ft 88.1 sq meter
Meeting Room 2
General Event Space 948 sq ft 88.1 sq meter
Musser Theater
Theater Max Capacity: 150 people
Pepper Hall BallroomPhotos Available
Ballroom Max Capacity: 400 people
Phenomenal Ballroom
Ballroom Max Capacity: 1000 people
Planetarium Theater
Theater Max Capacity: 250 people
Portico Hall
General Event Space Max Capacity: 180 people
Sir Isaac’s LoftPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 120 people 3200 sq ft 297.3 sq meter
Space CommandPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 500 people 5355 sq ft 497.5 sq meter
Sports ChallengePhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 120 people 5715 sq ft 530.9 sq meter
Stearn’s Theater
Theater Max Capacity: 280 people
The Franklin Air Show Aviation ExhibitPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 150 people 5000 sq ft 464.5 sq meter
The Rathmann HallPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 400 people
The Rooftop DeckPhotos Available
Outdoor Venue Max Capacity: 200 people 2115 sq ft 196.5 sq meter
Train FactoryPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 100 people 4920 sq ft 457.1 sq meter
Tuttleman IMax Theater
Theater Max Capacity: 350 people
Upper LevelPhotos Available
General Event Space Max Capacity: 1000 people
Upper Mandell
General Event Space 9000 sq ft 836.1 sq meter
Willaim Penn
General Event Space Max Capacity: 350 people 4933 sq ft 458.3 sq meter
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Frog Commissary Catering
As the exclusive evening caterer,
Frog is experienced in transforming
your affair into an elegant occasion
through their tradition of innovation
and excellence.

435 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
p.215-923-6500
f. 215-923-6519
www.frogcommissary.com
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