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In the heart of London, is Benjamin Franklin House, the world's only remaining Franklin home. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin – scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more – lived behind its doors. Built circa 1730, it is today a dynamic museum and educational facility.

he Historical Experience presents the excitement and uncertainty of Franklin's London years using rooms where so much took place as staging for a drama that seamlessly integrates live performance, cutting edge lighting, sound and visual projection. 

 The Student Science Centre focuses on Franklin's London science - from lightning rods to hydrodynamics, allowing school children to satifsy their historical and scientific curiosity, free of charge. Outreach, including Ben's Travelling Suitcase, brings our educational activities into schools and the community.

The top floor Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre is a focal point in Europe for Franklin and the myriad subjects with which he is associated, featuring a full set of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, as catalogued by Yale University, as well as an active internship programme, and nearly 40 public events per year.

W hile lodging at 36 Craven Street, Franklin's main occupation was mediating unrest between Britain and America, but he also served as Deputy Postmaster for the Colonies; pursued his love of science (exploring bifocal spectacles, the energy-saving Franklin stove); explored health (inoculation, air baths, cures for the common cold); music (inventing the delightful glass armonica for which Mozart, Bach and Beethoven composed) and letters (articles, epitaphs, and his witty Craven Street Gazette), all while forging a hearty social life and close friendships with leading figures of the day.

 


L atest Reviews

‘Wonderful, lovely visit.’ — 7 September

Really lovely, learned so much.’ — 2 September

‘Imaginative. Excellent!’ — 2 August

‘Fantastic! Thank you so much!’ — 3 August

‘Wonderful house and friendly and professional staff. Will recommend to friends and family.’ — 31 July

‘Very Interesting & Entertaining.’ — 27 July

‘Wow! I have never taken a tour such as this before. Thank you for making an old house tour unique.’ — 25 July

‘Very Interesting & Informative.’ — 23 July

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Education

Benjamin Franklin House provides free, active cross-curricular learning activities for primary and secondary school groups.  Visits to see our children’s Historical Experience and Student Science Centre take place on Tuesdays.  We also have extensive in-school outreach other days of the week, along with special events during the year including an annual Science Day, and family programmes in summer and school holidays. Learn more!

Right: painting by Shreya M, 12 years old, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Public School

 
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Opening Hours

Monday: Architectural tours run at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm

Tuesday: Schools day (advance booking required). Closed to the public

Wednesday–Sunday: Historical Experience shows run at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm (booking is recommended)

Our Box Office (Phone: +44 (0) 207 925 1405) is open 10.30am-5pm everyday, except Tuesdays. Read more about planning your visit to Benjamin Franklin House here.  Please contact the box office to book concessionary or special offer tickets.


Upcoming events


Open House London

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, 10.30am-4pm

 Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and
design. This annual event allows the public to cross the threshold of some of
London’s most interesting buildings, including Grade I, 1730s Benjamin
Franklin House. Half-hourly guided tours will take place throughout the day.

 Free – half-hourly tours run on a first come first served basis


The Lightning Rod: Invention and Contention

Thursday 28 September, 6.30pm

Using exciting science demos, Gemma Smith, Education Manager, will explore how one of Franklin’s most iconic inventions, the Lightning Rod, came about. She will also reveal the personal and political rivalries Franklin faced to get his invention installed throughout London and beyond.

8/6 Friends and Concessions


West Wycombe Park now open for the summer!

Be like Benjamin Franklin and spend some summer time at Sir Francis Dashwood’s West Wycombe Park, now a National Trust property.  The house is open for the summer (Sundays to Thursdays, 1 June – 31 August)    

 ‘I am in this House as much at my Ease as if it was my own, and the Gardens are a Paradise’ – Benjamin Franklin.    

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