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Science Venues in Philadelphia

Date January 10, 2024

Science Venues in Philadelphia

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As a thriving hub for scientific exploration and innovation, Philadelphia is a premier destination for hosting science-focused events.

Whether you’re seeking to host a conference, seminar, or reception, the city’s diverse science scene provides the ideal backdrop for any event. Here are some science venues in Philadelphia, available for your next event.

Science Museums

The Franklin Institute is a science and technology museum with a mission of inspiring a passion for learning. Exhibitors can rent the innovative science museum for corporate meetings, events, galas, and fundraisers. Rentable spaces include neoclassical halls, modern meeting rooms, and a rooftop deck. The Giant Heart, Electricity exhibit, and Fels Planetarium are also rentable for those interested in having the museum’s exhibits as a backdrop to their event.

A group of children are shown entering an exhibit in a museum. The exhibit is designed to look like a giant human heart. There is an entry way off to the left. There are more heart sculptures in the distance beyond the massive heart. A chaperone is shown supervising the children.

Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

The Science History Institute houses an incredible collection and provides access to a research library. Located in the 1865 First National Bank, the institute is available for both corporate and social events. The institute has eight conference center rooms with tech managers, event staff, and full-service catering available.

Or host your next event in the oldest natural history museum in the Americas, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The institution is the only Philadelphia venue where guests can mingle under a towering T-Rex skeleton. The historic 200-year-old museum can accommodate up to 400 guests and offers space in Dinosaur Hall, North American Hall, and African Hall.

Located on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, the Penn Museum is a premier archaeology and anthropology museum and venue. Planners can rent out meeting and conference space in its two state-of-the-art auditoriums. Or the museum’s various galleries are available for larger gatherings. Events can even be held in the presence of the Sphinx of Rames II, the largest sphinx outside of Egypt.

A large sphinx is shown in the middle of the room. The sphinx is a sandy beige color. Behind it, there is a glass case along a wall in the back. It appears to be holding multiple artifacts.

Sphinx Gallery. Photo by Julianna Whalen.

Life Science Centers

Headquartered at the Cira Centre in the University City, CYTO PHL is a flexible meeting space offering versatile configurations and learning environments. With over 15,000 sq. ft. of rentable space, CYTO offers theater-style seating, classroom pods, and conference rooms. Its gallery spaces are ideal for social occasions, lively receptions, and networking breakouts.

The Science Center has been at the forefront of innovation for over 60 years as a nonprofit that grows startups. Its Quorum lounge is a central gathering place for meetings, conferences, workshops, and board retreats. Filled with natural light, the Quorum features six distinct meeting and event spaces and large breakout rooms.

A bright open space is shown. There are colorful chairs, couches, pillows, and walls throughout. There is a grand staircase leading up to the upper floor. Off to the right, in front of an orange wall, there are multiple people shown standing around. To the left, two blue couches are shown with two yellow pillows on either side of a light blue pillow in the center. There are five orange chairs pushed up against a long table. Two centerpieces with plants are on the table.

Photo courtesy of University City Science Center.

As an emerging life sciences center, Philadelphia is a premier destination for science and technology events. PHL Life Sciences is the only business division of its kind in the country dedicated to connecting incoming events with the life sciences community.

Start planning your event today using our venue search tool to find the perfect space for your next gathering.