Night Skies in the Observatory


Sep 11, 2018
07:00 PM until 10:00 PM


Enjoy an evening of ‘astronomy activities hosted by the museum’s chief astronomer Derrick Pitts. This is a monthly stargazing event connecting visitors to celestial objects in the night sky including stars, planets and nebulae using telescopes in Bloom Observatory and at ‘Ben’s Starlight Lounge’ on the 5th-floor rooftop observation deck, featuring a cash bar

Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live science talk on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided.

Visitor tips:

•    Observatory and telescope viewing are weather permitting.

•    Planetarium shows and talks have limited seating and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The Planetarium and Theater will open 15 minutes before show times.


•    There is a fifth-floor bar in the lounge; cash and credits cards are accepted.

•    The bar does not sell food but there are vending machines located on the first floor.




View map The Franklin Institute
222 N 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information



Contact name

The Franklin Institute

Contact email


PA - Philadelphia

Free Event?:

Paid Event

Approximate Cost Range Per Person:

$6-$10 per person


No registration needed


All Ages/Families

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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