Community Night

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

  • Families
  • Evening
  • Public
  • Free

The Franklin Institute is pleased to present Community Nights! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at these FREE educational and fun-filled science extravaganzas that include The Franklin Institute's famous permanent exhibits, special programs, and hands-on activities.

Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register. Doors open at 5:00 pm.



Shows in Franklin Theater

  • 6:00 pm – Secret Ocean
  • 7:00 pm – Secret Ocean


Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all—that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend.  Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, he invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey.

Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D” introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini.

Runtime 22 minutes, 3D glasses provided. The Theater is first come and first serve and will open 15 minutes before show time.



5:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us for a variety of hands-on science activities throughout the 2nd floor, facilitated by both The Franklin Institute and partner organizations.



Live Science Shows in Musser Theater

  • 5:30 pm – Science of Fireworks Show
  • 6:30 pm – Science of Fireworks Show


Discover the science behind what makes fireworks sparkle, whistle, and have colors. Uncover the science of pyrotechnic explosions!



Joel N. Bloom Observatory

5:00 – 8:00 pm

The Bloom Observatory will have knowledgeable astronomers available to assist in looking through our historic 10” Zeiss refracting telescope and our 9.25” Celestron Deluxe CPC 925 reflecting telescope.

Weather Permitting


Event information is subject to change.

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