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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

‘Unique presentation- enjoyed it very much.’ 29 October

‘Charming volunteers, interesting & insightful.’ 26 October

‘Well worth the time spent here.’ 19 October

‘An unexpected, fabulous find.’ 8 October

‘A brilliant presentation- held my interest throughout.’— 1 October

‘Great information on a little known part of Benjamin Franklin's life.’— 20 September

‘Amazing hidden little gem. Great tour and friendly welcoming staff thank you! :)’— 10 September

Thanks for a memorable visit!’— 31 August

Informative & enchanting.’ — 29 August

‘Sometimes we forget about Franklin, but without doubt, one of the top 100 persons in History.’ — 25 August

‘Great live presentation.’— 17 August

‘Well presented and fascinating!’— 12 August

Stunning show!’— 7 August

‘A treasured find in London.’— 30 July

‘Wonderful tour & guide!’— 18 July

Superb tribute to a true polymath - how we miss him today in the world.’— 16 July

Excellent tour, very educational and enjoyable!’— 16 July

Really well preserved and restored.’ 11 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.

Christmas Opening Hours

In addition to Tuesdays, we will also be closed to the public 24th-29th December, and 1st January.

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Walking Tours

Join us for our newest public offering, walking tours!

Close by his only surviving home at 36 Craven Street are places of national and historic importance such as the Palace of Westminster, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, and the Royal Society of Arts.  But what are the Franklin connections?

Tours run Monday - Friday, 10:30am. Booking by appointment only September - May. Tickets 5 each.

To book, call +44 (0) 207 839 2006 or email info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

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A New Website for Benjamin Franklin - Have Your Say

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Upcoming Events


Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

Thursday 8 December, 6:30pm

Celebrate the festive season with friends of the House and our Craven Street neighbours.  In the great British holiday tradition, enjoy a mince pie, and a glass or two of homemade mulled wine.

Free – RSVP to info@BenjaminFranklinHouse.org


Family Day: Children’s Christmas Party

Saturday 10 December, 10:30am

With Christmas just around the corner, children will discover the magic of the holiday – 18th century style – with crafts and treats. Sing along to festive classics such as ’Silent Night’ and ’Jingle Bells’ with accompaniment on the glass armonica, Franklin’s musical instrument. Enjoy mince pies and deck the halls with Christmas crafts to make and take home! Suitable for 5-11 year olds.

 Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended

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Secretary of State John Kerry is Awarded the Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership

On Monday, 31 October, Benjamin Franklin House awarded it's 2016 Medal for Leadership to Secretary John Kerry. The award recognises extraordinary individuals following in Benjamin Franklin’s footsteps who exemplify great vision, cross-cultural understanding and tolerance, effectiveness, and intellectual rigour. To read more about the event, go to our News Page.

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