n 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.
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.
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.
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.
“An informative and innovative presentation of the house ”–1 December
“Great experience - felt I was in the century”–30 November
“Great fun, Day out a friend as a birthday treat! ”–30 November
“Thank you for presenting history! Since Philadelphia lacks a Franklin house, I had to come here!”–28 November
“Very informative. I very much enjoyed seeing this house I have read biography on Franklin, I no longer have to use my imagination about his surroundings”–25 November
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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
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.
Christmas Opening Hours
Please note we will be closed from Tuesday 24 December until Wednesday 1 January 2014 inclusive. The House will re-open as normal on Thursday 2 January with Historical Experience show times at 12, 1, 2, 3.15 and 4.15pm. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Benjamin Franklin House!
To book tickets for an event please phone our box office on +44 (0)2079251405 (open everyday 10.30am-5pm except Tuesdays). We advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
Children's Christmas Party
On Saturday 14 December, 11am, children will be able to discover the magic of the Christmas at Benjamin Franklin House – 18th century style – with crafts, treats and carols. Suitable for 5-11 year olds. Tickets: £5 per child, free for adults. Booking: phone 020 7839 2013.
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