Sleeping Bag? Check!

Pillows? Check!

Giant Heart? Check!

The Franklin Institute’s Camp-In is the perfect sleepover event for children ages 6-13 and provides an unforgettable experience for families, scout troops, school groups, birthday parties, and more! Where else can you sleep next to a Giant Heart or a 350-ton locomotive?

Scouts in The Giant Heart
The Franklin Institute

Camp-In Highlights:

  • NEW! Experience the Worst Case Scenario exhibit!*

    • Danger! It lurks all around you. Volcanoes! Alligators! Quicksand! What do you do? Don’t panic, learn how to survive in this all new exhibit The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience!

  • NEW! The Search for Life in Space in the Fels Planetarium

  • NEW! Volcano: The Fires of Creation in the Tuttleman IMAX® Dome Theater

  • Telescopic observing in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory(weather permitting)

  • Light continental breakfast

  • PLUS explore all of The Franklin Institute’s beloved permanent exhibits like The Giant Heart, Sir Isaac’s Loft, Train Factory, and more

Natural Disaster Camp-Ins Just for May 2020!

Experience the science of nature’s fury with these Natural Disasters Camp-Ins. Through hands-on activities and the live Weather show, explore Lightning, Tornados, Volcanoes, oh my!

Return to the museum for FREE. Receive a souvenir patch that will grant you access to The Franklin Institute for free through the end of the 2020 calendar year.**

*Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience is available for Camp-In November 2019-April 2020.

**Restrictions apply; must show souvenir patch upon arrival; valid for children 13 and under.

Arrival: 6:15-7:00 pm | Departure: 9:30 am (all gear must be removed at this time, but campers may use their wristband IDs to stay in the museum until noon)

  • For members of The Franklin Institute:
    $39.50 per person

    For general public:
    $49.50 per person - Friday Nights
    $59.50 per person - Saturday Nights

  • Call 215.448.1200 (Option 5) to register.

    Registration closes at close of business the Wednesday prior to each Camp-In event date.

    Payment details
    For groups with fewer than 10 people, payment is due at time of booking. 
    Groups of 10 or more must pay 25% at time of booking.
    Full payment is due three weeks prior to visit.

    At least one chaperone per every five campers is required. Register the exact number of participants including chaperones or your minimum anticipated number. If you need to increase the number, please check availability first.

  • Worst-Case Scenario Camp-Ins

    Friday, November 1
    Saturday, November 2
    Friday, November 22

    Please Note: From October 20th–November 15th, the Giant Heart exhibit will be undergoing updates and renovations. During this period, the exhibit may be partially or completely closed to visitors. 

    Saturday, January 11
    Friday, January 24
    Saturday, January 25
    Friday, January 31
    Friday, February 7
    Saturday, February 8
    Friday, February 21
    Saturday, February 22
    Saturday, February 29
    Friday, March 6
    Saturday, March 7
    Friday, March 20
    Saturday, March 21
    Friday, March 27*
    Saturday, March 28
    Friday, April 3
    Saturday, April 4*

    *All Girl

    Natural Disaster Camp-Ins 

    Saturday, May 2
    Friday, May 15
    Saturday, May 16*

    *All Girl

  • These Scout Exhibit Guides are designed to challenge scouts working towards various achievement requirements and can be used during our Camp-In program or during any daytime visit:

    Cub ScoutSTEM/Nova Exhibit Guide
    Girl Scout Brownies: Wonders of Water Journey (Exhibit Guide)
    Girl Scout Juniors: Get Moving Journey (Exhibit Guide)
    Girl Scout Cadettes: Breathe Journey (Exhibit Guide)

  • Your school can come for its very own overnight adventure! Groups with a minimum of 200 campers can sleep over on weeknights throughout the year.

    Call for availability: 215.448.1108.