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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

‘So informative, will come again.’27 November

‘Remarkable interpretation for a remarkable man.’26 November

‘Great visit! The actress was wonderful & guide knowledgeable.’22 November

‘Thank you for presenting his house...great show!’22 November

‘This has been a real wonderful treat! Thank you.’15 November

‘A novel and interesting visit.’14 November

‘Delightful experience!’2 November

‘Most imaginative presentation.’2 November

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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.

*Conservation works- 12-25 March 2018                     

To maintain our beautiful 1730s building, we will be undertaking conservation works Monday, March 12- Sunday March 25. We will be running Architectural Tours only during this period, with reduced hours: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. To book please email info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org or call + 44 207 839 2006.


Upcoming events


The Mesmerist: How Hypnotism came to Victorian London  

 Thursday 29 March, 6.30pm

Best-selling author Wendy Moore will talk about her latest book, The Mesmerist: the society doctor who held Victorian London spellbound, which tells the story of John Elliotson, the esteemed Victorian physician who introduced hypnotism to London in 1837. Elliotson’s demonstrations on patients at University College Hospital drew hundreds of awed spectators and launched a mesmerism mania which swept the country. Wendy will show how the questions raised by these spectacles led to his ruin.

6/per person

 Book tickets via eventbrite.com


Family Day: Georgian Easter Celebration  

Tuesday 3 April, 11am-12.30pm

 Take part in a special Easter egg hunt inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s inventions and scientific work.

 Suitable for children aged 5-11

2/per child

email education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org to book tickets


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