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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

‘Great information delivered in an interactive way.’— 4 February

‘Thank you to all involved. Long been on list. Very good time!’— 4 February

‘Inspiring.’— 1 February

‘Excellent visit, many thanks.’— 30 January

‘Brilliant & informative.’— 29 January

‘Wonderful experience, passionately conveyed!’— 16 January

‘Very original way of learning a story.’— 9 January

‘I have just retired from 32 years as a diplomat with the US state department, including service in London. Thank you for preserving this home and for the beautiful tribute you presented honouring one of our greatest Americans.’— 4 January

‘Most enjoyable. Learned a lot about the man I previously did not know.’— 4 January

‘Thanks for such a lovely remembrance to a legendary man.’— 4 January

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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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Weekend House Supervisor Vacancy

Benjamin Franklin House are recruiting a new Weekend House Supervisor who will be responsible for the welfare of the building and the smooth running of its public offerings during the weekends. 

To read more about this vanacy, please read the

Weekend House Supervisor Job Desription

To apply, send a CV & Cover Letter to Elizabeth Ward at info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

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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


Benjamin Franklin: The Founding Father of Open Source?

Thursday 23 February, 6:30pm

Benjamin Franklin was also one of the leading scientists of his day. But was Dr. Franklin also the Founding Father of the Open Source movement? Dr. Christian Defeo will illustrate how Dr. Franklin’s collaborative, open approach in the development of the lightning rod and Franklin stove presaged a method of innovation which has given us everything from Linux to the products of the Maker Movement. This talk will also present how modern industry still has much to learn from Dr. Franklin's methods.

£8/£5.50 for Friends and Concessions


Franklin and Polly Hewson: A Second Daughter

Thursday 2  March, 6:30pm


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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