Celebrate All Things Science in Philly

The region’s biggest and best science festival was slated to return this year for a landmark celebration, but the 2020 Philadelphia Science Festival was unfortunately canceled because of current events. The event was in its 10th year and organizers had lots of exciting things in store, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take advantage of Philly’s exciting science scene.

The Franklin Institute has always been the centerpiece of the festival and, since it’s right near your 1500 Locust apartment, when it’s back up and running, consider a visit to the museum. Here are just a few of the things you’ll find at the famed museum:

IMAX Theater: The big screen takes on all new meaning at this larger-than-life movie theater, which often carries films related to the museum’s rotating exhibits.

Escape rooms: Test your crew’s teamwork at the museum’s interactive, science-themed escape rooms, fit for visitors of all ages.

21+ events: While youngsters love running the halls at the museum, there are also lots of programs geared toward older visitors. Specifically, Science After Hours is a monthly offering featuring craft beers and spirits, gourmet food from local vendors and the opportunity to try your hand at experiments and demos.

Planetarium: Kick back and settle in for a fascinating look at the stars in the museum’s planetarium, which features a 60-foot dome with a perfect replica of the night sky.

Speaker series: If you have an interest in any area of science, the Franklin Institute will likely be offering a workshop or lecture that’s a perfect fit. Its diverse speaker programming covers topics from the climate to archeology, with engaging, educated experts to lead the discussions.

Special events: Its historic architecture and expansive layout make Franklin Institute a magnet for special events. From weddings to fundraising galas and more, the museum routinely hosts special events, offering tons of eye-catching backdrops. So get yourself on an invite list and check it out!

Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103