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(215) 448-1165

About Us

The Franklin Institute is a stunning museum wedding venue located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This awe-inspiring venue offers an array of unique event rooms to facilitate a wondrous wedding celebration. Here, couples can choose to get married under the stars in broad daylight, pledge their vows under the eyes of Benjamin Franklin, or walk through a giant heart on their way to the reception. Your wedding event can be a truly unforgettable experience when held at The Franklin Institute.

Facilities and Capacity

The Franklin Institute offers stylish, elegant, and versatile event spaces for your special day. For an outdoor ceremony with breathtaking views, The Rooftop Deck provides ample space for up to 200 guests in a theatre-style seating arrangement. Your guests can enjoy taking in the city skyline as well as Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum District as they gather to witness your commitment. For a spectacular indoor ceremony, the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial provides the perfect spot. The 20-foot statue is surrounded by marble columns supporting an 82-foot domed ceiling and gold-gilded oculus. After your special ceremony, your guests can seamlessly transition to the Jordan Lobby & Bartol Atrium for a stately cocktail hour. The hand-painted linen ceiling and pristine marble floors elevate any celebration with a sense of grandeur and opulence. The Planetarium provides another one-of-a-kind event experience, with a 60-foot immersive dome showcasing the splendor of the uninterrupted night sky. For an elegant seated reception, Petter Hall provides the ideal space. It offers a versatile and stylish event room that can host 220 guests for a seated dinner. The towering, hand-painted ceiling and antique wooden flooring throughout oozes old-world charm. The large picture windows allow natural light to grace your celebration while offering stunning views across the city. Dedicated get-ready rooms can be found on the fifth floor Conference Center where you and your party can prepare for your special day in comfort and style.

Services Offered

The Franklin Institute is committed to ensuring that your event is a spectacular success and offers an array of services and amenities to assist with your day. A dedicated Bridal Coordinator will be available for your rehearsal and wedding day to attend to your needs and assist with any last-minute details. The extensive wedding package offered by The Franklin Institute includes exquisite catering by the award-winning FROG Commissary. Couples can choose from a vast selection of delicious dishes to create their own personalized menu to delight their guests. This package also includes a personalized wedding cake, cake table, linens, premium bar services, decor, and much more to facilitate a magical celebration.

Irina Schvarzman

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  • Our wedding (I am the mother of the groom) was held at the Franklin Institute on 09/01/19. The venue is just so cool!!! The chuppah at the planetarium looked amazing with all the lighting!!! The location is great! Many guests said that it was the most unique place they ever attended for a wedding. We had a lot going on with setup: personalized picture frames, bathroom baskets, table numbers, a personalized gift for the bride for the cocktail hour, a couple of fun stations for the guests. All these needed to be setup and arranged by the event team in a very short period of time. Everything was done to our fullest satisfaction and also everything was packed back for us upon leaving the venue. We also had a movie that we made to play on the TV in the Changing Earth room. Gina and the event team were accommodating for us to bring it in and try it ahead of the time. At the time of the trial I asked if we could have another TV in the Electricity room – the answer was no problem, we w... Read more

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    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 5,000.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 1,500.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s), Wedding Cake

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Historic Building, Museum

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Engagement Party

    What event services do you offer?

    Cake, Clean Up, Event Planner, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Set Up

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

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