Sensory-friendly Sunday

The Franklin Institute can sometimes seem a little overwhelming.  It can be crowded, loud, and bright.  That’s why we are pleased to offer Sensory-Friendly Sunday. 

It is our goal to make Sensory-Friendly Sunday a comfortable environment for kids and adults with a variety of sensory differences.  On Sensory-Friendly Sunday, our exhibits will be modified to provide an opportunity to experience all The Franklin Institute has to offer for people on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities.  Our trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you have and, if necessary, direct you to a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break. 

Complimentary admission is available for pre-registered guests, as well as for guests arriving between 8:00am and 9:30am. Pre-registration closes at 5:00pm on the Thursday before the event.

Event Hours: 8:00am -12:00pm

Regular museum rates apply after 9:30 am unless pre-registered.

Community Resource Fair, May 20, 2018 
We are proud to be offering a Community Resource Fair at the May 20 Sensory Friendly Sunday. Join us on Sunday from 8-10:00am, where we will be showcasing the local sensory friendly programming in and around Philadelphia. 

Pre-registration form 2018
NEXT for AUTISM™ and GSK Science in the Summer™ are proud to underwrite the price of admission for guests at Sensory Friendly Sunday. Free admission will be available from 8-9:30am on a first come first serve basis. We highly suggest that guests pre-register. To reserve your free ticket please complete the pre-registration form below. You will be contacted by staff from The Franklin Institute to process your request and confirm your registration. Make sure to check in at the Box Office on the day of the event. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Sensory-Friendly Sunday Dates
Jan 14, 2018
May 20, 2018
July 15, 2018
October 28, 2018
December 2, 2018


Sensory Map - Your Brain
Sensory Map - The Giant Heart
Sensory Map - Electricity
Sensory Map - Changing Earth
Sensory Map - Amazing Machine
Sensory Map - Franklin Air Show
Sensory Friendly Information Flyer

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Ticket Prices:

Free with pre-registration

Free admission from 8am-9:30am

Members are free

ACCESS Cardholders receive a discounted admission of $2.00 per person, up to 4 people per group. Simply show your blue or yellow ACCESS Card paired with a valid photo ID when purchasing your ticket.

Upcoming Events
Sensory Friendly Sunday
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