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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

Appreciated the theatre tour, informative and ingenious’. — 1 March

 ‘We have toured many historic sights. This was one of the best!’ — 8 March

‘In my admiration of Dr. Franklin it was a pleasure to walk the very floors of his existence.’ — 11 March

‘Really enjoyed the tour and the informative performance. Fascinating and excellent value for money.’ — 11 March

‘The walking tour and house tour were fantastic! Thanks for a great historical tour of London’.— 16 March

‘A very inspiring visit. Really well done’.—18 March

‘Excellent architecture tour and very good value- thank you’. 20 March

‘It was a very special experience and a timely tribute to one of the greatest figures of eighteenth century America. I would recommend the house to many’. 31 March

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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.

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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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Upcoming events


Science On Stage

LOCATION: The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Monday 24 April, 10.30am

School children will take part in fun and informative sessions which highlight what became of Franklin’s most important investigations. Special guests will capture children’s attention with experiments that pop, illuminate, and crackle, showing how Franklin’s 18th century explorations have led to some of today’s most important technologies. Suitable for Years 3-6.

Free – To book email education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org


Franklin and Polly Hewson: A Second Daughter

Monday 15 May, 12:30pm


Benjamin Franklin House Director Dr Márcia Balisciano explores Franklin’s relationship with his surrogate family of 16 years at Craven Street, most notably how he became a ‘father’ to the daughter of his Craven Street landlady, Polly Hewson, ensuring an American destiny for her and her descendants.

£8/£5.50 for Friends and Concessions


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