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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.

The 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

“An excellent show– informative and entertaining!”–5 July

“Stunning, engaging, emotionally effective use of theater, video, original setting/architecture and live re-enactor. Brilliant”– By US History teacher –20 July

“Brilliant employment of light, sound, authentic architecture and a human re-enactment”–20 July

“Wonderful piece of history and the presentation was MAGNIFICENT!”–19 July

“A very interesting way of presenting this polymath”–17 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)

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.


Upcoming Events

Concordia Concert featuring harpist
Elizabeth McNulty

Thursday 24th July, 7pm

We will be hosting an evening in keeping with
Franklin’s love of 18th century music in association
with our Craven Street neighbours, the Concordia
Foundation, which serves young musicians.
Harpist, Elizabeth McNulty, will perform works by
Bach, Handel, Mozart and more.

Tickets: £20 including refreshments.

Concordia

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Family Day: Bones in the Basement
Tuesday 29th July, 11am

Bones in Basement Image Children will explore the House’s fascinating archaeological history. They will discover why human bones were found in the basement and the story they tell about the history of medicine. Led by our Education Manager, Stephen Wilson. This event is part of the Festival of British Archaeology.

Tickets: £5 per child, free for adults.

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To book for events please phone our box office on +44 (0)20 7925 1405 (open 10.30am-5pm everyday except Tuesday).

See details of all our upcoming events here.


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