Information & Pricing

Maximize the educational value of your Traveling Science Show and find out about discount opportunities. 

Sign up for any of the 10 dynamic shows, all designed to involve students from preschool to eighth grade in discovering new aspects of science. All generate an infectious enthusiasm that spills over into the classroom. And The Franklin Institute provides pre-show classroom activities for all shows to reinforce concepts and expand learning.

  • All shows and classroom materials are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Shows are available year round for schools, scout gatherings, corporate fun days, mall, or community events.
  • Preschool shows begin at $250
    Travel fees

    What You Need to Know
    Preschool shows are designed for small groups of 3-5 year olds
    There is a maximum size of 30 students per preschool show
    Preschool shows are not available outside of the Philadelphia metro region

  • One Show: $525
    Additional Shows: $265 same topic / $395 additional topic

    What You Need to Know
    Shows are 45 minutes in length
    Maximum audience size is 250 students
    We strongly recommend school audiences include three or fewer grade levels per show
    Up to 4 performances per booking
    Up to 2 topics per booking
    30 minutes between topics necessary to change set-up
    Travel fees added to all shows and exhibits; rates vary by location. Call for specific information.
    Early morning fee: $75 for shows beginning before 9:00AM.
    Split day fee: $125 for one morning and one afternoon.
    Weekend fee: $150 for shows performed on Saturday or Sunday.

  • One Exhibit: $600 small format / $100 per hour after initial 3 hours

    What You Need to Know:
    Exhibit available for up to 3 hours of fun
    2 tables
    2 traveling scientists
    Travel fees added to all shows and exhibits; rates vary by location. Call for specific information
    Ideal for science fairs and festivals

  • Traveling Science Show scholarships are available for qualifying Title I schools in Philadelphia, Chester, and Camden counties.

    Samson STEM Learning Initiative Scholarships

    Made possible by a generous gift from the Marvin Samson Foundation, The Franklin Institute is excited to offer a limited number of scholarships for qualifying schools to experience the interactive science we have to offer—both here at the museum and through our Traveling Science program.

    To qualify for scholarship consideration, schools must:

    • be located in Philadelphia, Chester, or Camden county
    • be classified as Title 1
    • be an elementary or middle school
    • have at least fifty percent or more of the student body qualified to receive free/reduced lunch
    • Complete the Traveling Science Show Scholarship Request


    Traveling Science Show scholarships will cover:

    • School Assembly show of your choosing for 250 students. Additional performances may be requested to accommodate the school population. 
    • Travel Fee
  • The Franklin Institute must receive your non-refundable deposit of $100 at least 30 days before the date of your show or your reservation will automatically be cancelled. It is important to reserve early to ensure you get the date you want.

  • To reserve your Traveling Science Show or Traveling Science Tabletop Exhibit, complete the Traveling Science Reservation online form.  A representative from The Franklin Institute will contact you shortly to confirm your show. 

  • Traveling Science Sensory Alerts
    Our Traveling Science Shows are uniquely designed to present complex science topics in fun and entertaining ways. These demonstrations sometimes result in a flash of light or colored light, fire, a loud concussive sound, or a puff of smoke.  Please review this document prior to your scheduled performance.

    Traveling Science Show Custodian Form
    This form outlines the supplies and preparations needed for the performance space prior to the arrival of the Traveling Science presenter(s).

    Traveling Science Shows Evaluation Form
    To help us better gauge your impression of our show, please take a few minutes to respond to these questions after your show. Your detailed comments are taken seriously as they help us to improve the quality of future performances.

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