At The Franklin Institute, we help people understand science and technology in ways that empower them to make decisions about critical issues that affect their lives. We also participate in and advocate for the free exchange of evidence-based, peer-reviewed scientific research and ideas. The Institute is proud to welcome all who are curious, and to continue Benjamin Franklin’s legacy of lifelong learning, as we have done since 1824.
Embrace your curiosity and ignite your imagination by joining us for this week-long, citywide celebration of science! Join us behind the scenes, on the farm, in the kitchen, by the water, under the stars, and at locations all over Philadelphia to explore and enjoy the science that surrounds us every day.
For many Philadelphians, Derrick Pitts is The Franklin Institute. Since 1978, Derrick has been teaching us to look up—and to wonder about what we see up there.
View celestial objects including stars, planets, nebulae, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two, from 5 rooftop telescopes at our monthly event, Night Skies, in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory.
The Climate and Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP) seeks to improve understanding of climate science and explore community-wide responses.
The Journal of The Franklin Institute has an established reputation for publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed papers in the field of engineering and applied mathematics. The Journal is currently focused on communications, signal processing, control systems, and their applications.