Benefactor Society

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The Benefactor Society

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Membership levels starting at $1,500

Joining this group of highly committed philanthropists who have a sincere devotion to science is an excellent way to combine membership benefits at one of the world's most prestigious museums with a charitable gift that will help to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. Generous Benefactor Society members help extend the Institute’s reach by funding a multitude of initiatives and programs specially designed to deliver world-class education both within and beyond the museum’s walls.

Members of the Benefactor Society enjoy these core benefits:

  • Unlimited Admission to the museum and Fels Planetarium for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests per visit (plus additional guest passes as detailed below!)
    • ​As we strive to keep everyone safe and healthy, some high-touch exhibits and experiences are temporarily unavailable.  On your visit, you WILL enjoy Space Command, The Train Factory, Electricity, Changing Earth, The Giant Heart, Your Brain, Sir Isaac's Loft, Tech Studio, Creation Station and Amazing Machine, along with live science shows and demonstrations, and planetarium programs. See all exhibits and experiences, including those that are temporarily unavailable.
  • Up to 8 educational Tuttleman IMAX® tickets per visit
    • Due to remaining restrictions to keep guests safe and healthy, the IMAX® Theater is temporarily unavailable.  These benefits will resume once the theater can safely reopen.
  • Exclusive Discounts to:
  • Reciprocal Admission to more than 250 ASTC Science Museums (restrictions apply)
  • Tax deductibility benefits
  • Dedicated Benefactor concierge service to help plan a visit to the museum
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, receptions featuring guest lecturers, and other exclusive events, including the “Science of…” series
    *Please note that due to COVID-19, some events and benefits are temporarily unavailable, and some will be held virtually. Feel free to call 215.448.1339 with any questions, and thank you for your continued, generous support. 
  • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
  • Subscription to Spectacles member newsletter, Illuminations donor newsletter, and the Benefactor Bulletin
  • Recognition on the Institute's donor honor roll
  • Join or Renew Online!

    • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 12 guest passes* for the science museum to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • All but $332 is tax deductible

     

    *not valid for specially ticketed exhibits

     

  • Join or Renew Online!

    • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 12 guest passes* for the science museum to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • All but $357 is tax deductible

     

    *not valid for specially ticketed exhibits

  • Join or Renew Online!

    • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • Complimentary Friends Circle membership to give as a gift to a friend or family member
    • All but $789 is tax deductible

     

    *not valid for specially ticketed exhibits

     

  • Join or Renew Online!

    • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum  to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Invitation to an annual President’s Circle event with Institute leadership
    • Access to a Franklin Institute scientist for a private event, tour, or school group discussion
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute’s curatorial collection, Franklin Hall, or Observatory
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • Complimentary Friends Circle membership to give as a gift to a friend or family member
    • 20% discount on the rental of an Institute facility (exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • All but $789 is tax deductible

     

    *not valid for specially ticketed exhibits

  • Join or Renew Online!

    • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Invitation to an annual President’s Circle event with Institute leadership
    • Access to a Franklin Institute scientist for a private event, tour, or school group discussion
    • Invitation to a private lunch with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute’s curatorial collection, Franklin Hall, or Observatory
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • 2 complimentary Friends Circle memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
    • 20% discount on the rental of an Institute facility (exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • All but $953 is tax deductible

    *not valid for specially ticketed exhibits

  • Join or Renew Online!

    • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Invitation to an annual President’s Circle event with Institute leadership
    • Invitation to a private lunch with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute’s curatorial collection, Franklin Hall, or Observatory
    • Access to a Franklin Institute scientist for a private event, tour, or school group discussion
    • Complimentary rental of an Institute facility (based on availability, exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • 2 complimentary Friends Circle memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
    • All but $953 is tax deductible

    *not valid for specially ticketed exhibits

  • Join or Renew Online!

    • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Invitation to an annual President’s Circle event with Institute leadership
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute’s curatorial collection, Franklin Hall, or Observatory
    • Invitation to a private lunch with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
    • Access to a Franklin Institute scientist for a private event, tour, or school group discussion
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • 2 complimentary Friends Circle memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
    • Complimentary rental of an Institute facility (based on availability, exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • All but $953 is tax deductible

    *not valid for specially ticketed exhibits