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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

‘It was very informative, educational, fulfilling and exciting.' — 7 July

‘Most enjoyable and informative, very good!' — 6 July

‘I loved this theatrical journey through Ben Franklin's time in London. Wonderfully done!!!— 30 June

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation! I will get my friends to come here.’ — 25 June

‘Thank you! Beautifully scripted and presented. Congratulations to you all!’—24 June

I enjoyed the visit. So glad the house remains & is open for visitors. Lovely staff.’ — 23 June

‘Lovely use of sound & image to illustrate his life.' — 23 June

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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


Family Day: Children's Summer Fete

Location: Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZ

Saturday 5 August, 11am- 4pm

The annual Children's Summer Fete is held in the garden of Leighton House Museum in collaboration with special guests from the world of heritage including Benjamin Franklin House, Leighton House Museum, Dr Johnson's House, the Ragged School Museum and the William Morris Society. A range of wonderful activities will be available for families.

Booking is not essential but will help us plan! More information about the activities and booking can be found here: https://childrenssummerfete.eventbrite.com

Entrance to the Children's Summer Fete, which will be held in the garden, is free but does not include entry to Leighton House Museum.


Benjamin Franklin and the Opticians

Wednesday 13 September, 6.30pm

 When not looking at the world through his spectacles, Franklin was corresponding with their makers. He claimed they helped him to understand foreign languages and attract the opposite sex. Neil Handley, from the museum at the College of Optometrists, will open our eyes to this contradictory and controversial facet of Franklin's many scientific and business interests.

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West Wycombe Park now open for the summer!

Be like Benjamin Franklin and spend some summer time at Sir Francis Dashwood’s West Wycombe Park, now a National Trust property.  The house is open for the summer (Sundays to Thursdays, 1 June – 31 August)    

 ‘I am in this House as much at my Ease as if it was my own, and the Gardens are a Paradise’ – Benjamin Franklin.    

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