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.
the theatre tour, informative and ingenious’.
— 1 March
‘We have toured
many historic sights. This was one of the best!’
— 8 March
admiration of Dr. Franklin it was a pleasure to walk the very floors
of his existence.’ — 11 March
the tour and the informative performance. Fascinating and excellent
value for money.’ — 11 March
tour and house tour were fantastic! Thanks for a great historical tour
of London’.— 16 March
inspiring visit. Really well done’.—18
architecture tour and very good value- thank you’.
‘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’.
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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).
Closed to the public
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?
Monday - Friday, 10:30am. Booking by
appointment only September - May. Tickets £5 each.
To book, call +44 (0) 207 839 2006 or
A New Website for Benjamin Franklin - Have Your Say
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
Franklin and Polly Hewson: A Second
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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