As a VENUE: Host your event…

Graced with grand windows, intricate ironwork, and lofty ceilings, the landmark Franklin School, home of Planet Word, is a uniquely stunning venue for your most important personal and corporate events. What memories will you create here? Nine distinctive spaces are available:

  • The Bloomberg Philanthropies Great Hall: The Bloomberg Philanthropies Great Hall is the architectural centerpiece of the Franklin School and Planet Word’s showcase venue both day and night. The 5,000-LED globe that anchors the Spoken World exhibit becomes a stunning chandelier as it rises at the turn of a key up to the towering 22-foot-high ceiling. With fourteen-foot windows overlooking Franklin Square, trompe l’oeil frescoes, and a historic proscenium arch, the elegant, versatile Great Hall is unlike any other event space in Washington. AV: Programmable chandelier, wireless microphones, speakers, WiFi, assisted listening.
  • The Mansard Room: Original nineteenth-century exposed beams, wood floors, and frescoed walls make this an unforgettable venue for meetings and celebrations of all sorts. Under a soaring mansard roof at the top of the Franklin School, this space can be configured for elegant dinners, performances, meeting, or receptions. The Mansard Room can be combined with the Rooftop Terrace for larger events. AV: decorative pendant lighting, color tunable cove lighting, 165” LCD video wall, wireless microphones, speakers, WiFi, assisted listening.
  • The Rooftop Terrace: Featuring views north and west across verdant Franklin Square and the rooftops of D.C.’s K Street Corridor, the Rooftop Terrace is a gorgeous outdoor venue for pre-dinner cocktails, post-dinner dessert, or a sunset reception. The Rooftop Terrace can be combined with the Mansard Room for larger events. AV: speakers, WiFi.
  • The AT&T Plaza: Anchored by Speaking Willow, an interactive sculpture from renowned artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, the AT&T plaza is a ground-level courtyard oasis just off K Street. The AT&T Plaza can be combined with the Friedman Family Auditorium for pre-performance or post-performance receptions. AV: speakers, WiFi.
  • The Friedman Family Auditorium: This 150-seat, beautifully appointed auditorium has its own entrance right off the AT&T Plaza. The space includes a dedicated AV booth and a green room. AV: HD projector, architectural and theatrical lighting, PTZ cameras, large projection screen,  speaker amp system, assisted listening, WiFi.
  • Welcome Lobby: Our delightful Welcome Lobby makes a flexible gathering place: its welcome desks can double as bars and the glass-enclosed entry vestibule can serve as a check-in area. The space features graceful details like the iconic arches that define the Franklin School, and terrazzo floors embedded with a swirling design of written symbols from the past to the present. The Welcome Lobby can be combined with the AT&T Plaza or the Friedman Family Auditorium for larger events, or can serve as a pre-dinner cocktail space when combined with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Great Hall. AV: WiFi.
  • Classroom A: A versatile room with beautiful natural light, a craft sink, and the historic feel of a nineteenth-century schoolroom. AV: power & data, flat screen smart TV, WiFi.
  • Classroom B: This space contains has a craft sink and an easily configured layout. It also contains our interactive Portal, which links to dozens of Portals around the world for immersive, international connections. AV: power & data, WiFi, touch-enabled interactive projector.
  • Lexicon Lane: Mysteries, riddles, and puzzles await in our special game room. Search for clues along Lexicon Lane and crack each case one by one — great for team bonding or solo sleuthing!

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As a SHOP: Discover unique gifts…

Present Perfect Gift Shop, the Planet Word gift shop, has something for the wordsmith in everyone. You can browse * books full of wordplay, find * word-themed gifts * games, and * puzzles, or pick up a last-minute * card for a special occasion. Present Perfect offers plenty of curated, one-of-a-kind ideas to pique the interest of writers, readers, performers, conversationalists, kids, and word nerds.

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As an EATERYFood for thought…

Immigrant Food, located on our lower level, is the perfect spot to satisfy your hunger at Planet Word. The restaurant offers casual immigrant-inspired fare during museum hours and transitions to a higher gastronomic experience in the evening, with global cocktails, an eclectic wine list, and a dinner menu created by award-winning chef Enrique Limardo.

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Be a DONOR: Show that you care…


Become a member of Planet Word! Members of our Word Association support the museum’s mission — to inspire and renew a love of words, language, and reading — while also enjoying exclusive benefits and special access to programs and events. Membership at specified levels are offered: * Dual * Household * Orator * Author,  and * Reader. Director’s Circle Memberships include: Poet Laureate * Advocate, and * Benefactor. * Gift memberships are encouraged.


As a nonprofit museum offering free admission, Planet Word could not exist without the generosity of its friends and supporters — people like you, who believe that words matter. We’re on a mission to share the power, fun, and beauty of language with as many people as possible. Will you help us?

  • Donations at specified amounts are designated and you may customize tour gifts. * Memorial and * Tribute Gifts, are welcomed.
  • Individual Giving: When you become a member of our Logophile Society, you provide substantial support to our mission — to inspire and renew a love of words, language, and reading — while also enjoying exclusive benefits and special access to programs and events. Societies include: * Linguist * Poet * Lyricist, and * Founders.
  • Legacy Gifts: A planned gift to Planet Word ensures the future of the museum and may further your financial goals. The Bookend Society was created in order to sustain the museum in the future, provide innovative experiences and programs while continuing to offer free access to all visitors. According to the dictionary description for bookend: one of two usually similar things that begin and end something and stabilize things. Your support provides a firm foundation for future generations to continue enjoying Planet Word, and to inspire a love of language and increase literacy, the foundation of a strong modern democracy. There are many ways to give: * Bequests by: * Will or trustGifts of appreciated stock, and * Gifts through IRA. distributions.
  • Corporate Giving: Corporate partners play an essential role in Planet Word’s success. Companies of all sizes and sectors support the museum, making possible the development of Planet Word’s one-of-a-kind exhibits, mission-driven programs, and free admission. In the process, they enjoy exclusive benefits and align themselves with Planet Word’s timely message that words matter. We invite you to engage with the museum and its wide circle of leaders, its diverse audiences, and the broader cultural community that it reaches in Washington, D.C. Planet Word corporate sponsors will enjoy: * Public recognition as supporters of a brand new, exciting, timely museum concept * Prominent naming placement on the donor wall inside the museum’s main entry * Special entertaining privileges in the museum’s stunning event spaces * Employee access to museum programs and events, and * Exclusive branding and promotion opportunities.
  • Volunteer: Interested in volunteering at Planet Word? We are eager to welcome the time, enthusiasm, and expertise of our word-loving community. Our volunteers work in three categories: Interested in volunteering at Planet Word? We are eager to welcome the time, enthusiasm, and expertise of our word-loving community. Our volunteers work in three categories:
    • Gallery Guide: This role is best for people who have regular hours to volunteer. You will help visitors experience the exhibits, answer questions, help manage traffic flow, and communicate with staff about any issues or concerns.
    • Event Volunteer: Best if your schedule is unpredictable, and your best times to volunteer are evenings and weekends. You will take tickets and usher in the auditorium, help with set up and break down of large events, and answer visitor questions.
    • Behind the Scenes: If you’re eager to volunteer, but interacting with the public is not your preference, this role is for you.

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