The Franklin Institute: A Unique and “Electrifying” Wedding Venue

The Franklin Institute Science Museum is a hidden gem among Philadelphia wedding museums. Named after America’s earliest innovator and statesman, the Franklin Institute offers couples a dash of history and elegance along with romance and adventure–the perfect venue for a once-in-a-lifetime wedding.

About the Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824 in honor of polymath and American founding father Benjamin Franklin, who was also the sixth governor of Pennsylvania. As one of the most visited museums in Pennsylvania, the Franklin Institute’s mission is to “inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.” Today, the Franklin Institute is

Couples planning to exchange vows in an outdoor setting may say “I do” under the stars at the Fels Planetarium, the second oldest Planetarium in the country. Alternately, you may choose to have your ceremony on the Rooftop Deck overlooking the Ben Franklin Parkway. On a rainy day or for couples who prefer an indoor ceremony, the stunning Pepper Hall with its beautiful bookshelves and gigantic dark wooden doors, makes for a spectacular entrance down the aisle. Its wide windows also afford beautiful views of the city outside.

The science museum’s interactive exhibits, such as the Wisdom Hall and Brain Exhibit make for a fascinating place to enjoy cocktails, as guests are able to climb through a two-story neural structure with lighting and sound features, and the nearby Benjamin Franklin Memorial serves as the perfect historical backdrop for your wedding reception.

Food & Amenities

Food and beverages are provided by the Frog Commissary which has partnered with the Franklin Institute exclusively for over 30 years, and includes a complete, personalized menu for a plated dinner, with options for a buffet, or food stations. The Frog Commissary combines fresh, seasonal ingredients to create innovative Philadelphian cuisine with a wide palette of global influences to create a remarkable menu that couples can choose from, including creative food stations with names like “Fire and Ice Seafood” and “Yo! Philadelphia,” and a plentiful buffet with delectable, sophisticated flavors.

Renting the Franklin Institute for your big day includes access to multiple exhibit spaces including Franklin Hall, Bioscience, Electricity, Changing Earth, and Key Hall for five hours. It also includes sixty-inch round tables, and standard ivory chairs. There are also optimal lighting packages, coat check, and a one-hour cocktail reception in the Key Hall and Bio-Science.

Franklin Institute also provides an experienced, professional event manager to supervise wedding details from start to finish, and a wedding cake fresh from their bakery. In addition, Franklin Institute offers all necessary rental equipment from floor length linens in your chosen color to votive candles for the cocktail tables and dining room. An optional lighting package in Franklin Hall can transform the space into an even more magical and fun place to dance the night away. The venue can accommodate up to 250 guests.

Franklin Institute Photography opportunities

Aside from the creative exhibits within the Franklin Institute, the French-inspired museum district of downtown Philadelphia also offers a variety of photo shoot backdrops and intriguing locations for adventurous and creative couples.

Located in downtown Philly in the Parkway Museums District, the Franklin Institute is a showstopper that will have your guests talking about your wedding for years to come. For a truly electrifying and unforgettable wedding, the Franklin Institute is your venue of choice.

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