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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

'Excellent!'- 12 March

'Very original presentation. The staff were extremely well informed and friendly.'- 9 March

'Very kind and knowledgeable staff. Great Historical Performance.' -21 February

'Very enjoyable. Brought it all to life!'- 9 February

'A fascinating and delightful visit.'- 7 February

'I found this by chance and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth a visit!' -31 January

'Beautifully crafted experience. Very informative and enjoyable. Thank you.' - 18 January

'An inspiring way to experience the life of Franklin in London, beautiful house and friendly guides.'- 17 January

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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


Indigenous London

Thursday 24 May, 6.30pm

Image: America Meredith, London Calling 1762 (2012)

 Historian Coll Thrush offers a new and compelling view of London’s history through the lived experiences of indigenous women, children, and men who have travelled to the city, willingly or otherwise, since the beginning of the sixteenth century. They included captives and diplomats, missionaries and medicine people, poets and performers, athletes and sovereigns. Together, their stories illuminate a London that has until now largely been ignored: an imperial capital shaped in profound ways by its entanglements with indigenous peoples and places. Benjamin Franklin's own Craven Street is part of the story.

 6/ per person plus online booking fee

Book tickets via eventbrite.com


London Festival of Architecture

June 2018, every Monday at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm

 In celebration of the London Festival of Architecture we will be offering Architectural Tours of the House on every Monday.  Discover how a ‘work-a-day’ 1730s terrace building of great historical merit, survived war, weather, and busy Victorians became a place where you can step back into London’s and Franklin’s past.

To book please email  info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org or call               (0)20 7839 2006


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