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.
‘Absolutely blown away’ – 17 April
and sucked me in to the story!’ – 10 April
– 9 April
experience. Very well done and completely unexpected’ – 7 April
‘Great visit, cool history’ – 7 April
‘Engrossing’ – 2 April
‘Fabulous portrait of the life of B.Franklin in
18th C London’ – 30 March
‘Impressive’ – 30 March
‘Very engaging, informative & fascinating. A
hidden gem!’ 28 March
Read more reviews
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
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
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
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?
Starting from Benjamin Franklin
House, each Wednesday at 10:30am (April – November
inclusive), participants can discover them in our new fun
and informative walking tour.
Pre-booking is advised.
To book, call +44 (0) 207 839 2006 or
A New Website for Benjamin Franklin - Have Your Say
Family Day: Franklin In Frame
Tuesday 31 May, 11am
Ben Franklin, 18th century
scientist, inventor, and US
Founding Father, was fascinated by
the natural world and it’s
exploration. He investigated
lightning and the Gulf Stream. He
was intrigued by the Aurora
Borealis and attended the first
manned flight of the Montgolfier
Brothers’ hot air balloon in 1783.
This half-term, help bring these
historic scenes to life by
creating mixed-media art, to be
displayed at Benjamin Franklin
House for a short-term exhibition
before being returned to their
creators! Suitable for 5-11 year
Free. Advanced booking is
recommended as capacity is
limited. To book, visit
Franklin’s Singing Bowls: An Evening
with the Glass Armonica
Monday 20 June, 6.30pm
1762, Franklin premiered his new musical
invention, the glass armonica which had been
devised a year earlier at 36 Craven Street.
Mallory Horrill, Front of House and
Marketing Supervisor, will demonstrate how
ethereal sounds are produced from rotating
glass bowls which have inspired compositions
by Mozart, Beethoven, (JC) Bach, and more
recently, rock musicians like Jarvis
Cocker and Damian Albarn.
£5/£3.50 for Friends and Concessions
Bookings can be made via our Box
Sir Harry Kroto, 1939-2016
We were saddened this week to learn of the passing of Sir Harry
Kroto, Nobel Prize-winning chemist and friend to Benjamin
Franklin House. Sir Harry memorably spoke at our annual
Symposium in 2007 on science in the 21st century -
what science is, how people, the media, politicians and others
perceive science and scientists, and some of the problems
non-scientists have in understanding science, engineering and
the article on The Guardian's website
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