The Innovators

Night Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute’s exclusive donor group ideal for ages 21-40.

The Innovators are a group of motivated young leaders and dynamic individuals who value the important role science and technology play in shaping the world we live in. Members enjoy exclusive events, volunteer and networking opportunities, and most importantly, have a philanthropic impact on The Franklin Institute and its mission to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

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  • Innovator Membership Program

    The Innovators Membership - $300 ($25/per month)

    In recognition of your generous annual membership contribution, you will receive the following benefits for one year for one cardholder and guest:

    • Free admission to every Science After Hours with access to VIP member lounge, The Franklin Institute Speaker Series, and select Philadelphia Science Festival events
    • Complimentary invitation to a minimum of two exclusive Innovator social events
    • Discounted ticket(s) to annual Special Exhibit Opening Party
    • Opportunity to volunteer to support The Franklin Institute’s mission
    • Membership card with unlimited admission to the science museum and educational theater shows
    • Special offers for each ticketed traveling exhibition
    • 10% discount on Sci-Store purchases, and at Franklin Foodworks and Foodworks Express
    • Reciprocal admission to more than 250 science museums (visit for details)
    • Recognition in The Franklin Institute’s Annual Report
    • Spectacles member newsletter and Illuminations donor newsletter
    • $150 of your gift is tax-deductible


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  • As a member of The Innovators, you receive access to a world-class science center, and get to experience the museum in a unique way. In additional to unlimited admission and special complimentary ticket offers for each traveling exhibition,  you will enjoy exclusive events throughout the year including special exhibit opening preview parties, science infused happy hours, lectures and much more. 

  • An evening event series for adults 21+ featuring experiments, demonstrations, games, and science curated by Philadelphia’s premier science museum in collaboration with organizations across the city. Members of The Innovators receive free admission, complimentary drink tickets and access to the members lounge with a private cash bar. RSVP at:

    Science After Hours

  • The Innovators provides you with endless opportunities to expand your social and professional network both within and outside the museum. Interact with hundreds of local partner organizations, meet professionals and experts in STEM fields, and get to know the Institute’s very own scientists and leadership. 

  • Members of The Innovators are a part of the next generation of philanthropic minds and the future of volunteer leadership.  The generous annual gift that you make through your Innovator membership is crucial to The Franklin Institute’s mission and provides unrestricted support, giving underserved school-children the opportunity to experience hands-on science education. Learn more about our educational programs and how you can get involved as a volunteer