The Franklin Institute and the Please Touch Museum will be offering subsidized admissions next month.

Free admission to the Franklin Institute will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. The Please Touch will remain open from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, charging $2 for admission.

Costs of the program will be covered by the Target store chain.

Dennis Wint, president and chief executive of the Franklin Institute, said the program "allows us to continue to reach out to families that would not normally be able to afford a museum visit, and to further expand our efforts to engage underserved populations with science and science learning."

Nancy Kolb, head of the Please Touch, which recently opened in its new home in Fairmount Park's Memorial Hall, said the program would particularly help "working families who have a hard time getting here during the day."

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