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.
‘Lovely and informative presentation’ – 10
‘Fascinating man and atmospheric House’ – 8
‘Very interesting visit. It is great to see
history preserved’ – 7 January
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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)
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
Franklin House will be CLOSED on Thursday, 10 March, for our Frankly
Speaking! Debate Competition, our annual schools debate competition.
Please see here for
We apologise for any inconvenience
Franklin House -Rothermere American Institute
Isolationism as Seen from the Most Local of Places'
8 February 2016, 6:30pm
Visiting Professor of American History, Kristin
Hoganson, will reconsider the myth of American
isolationism by uncovering hidden histories of one
of the seemingly most local of places – the U.S.
heartland – in one of the seemingly most local of
Tickets £5 adults/£3.50 Friends and Concessions
To book for an event, please call Our Box Office (Phone: +44 (0) 207
925 1405) is open 10.30am-5pm everyday, except Tuesdays.
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?
Starting from Benjamin Franklin
House, each Wednesday at 10:30am (April – November
inclusive), participants can discover them in our new fun
and informative walking tour.
Tours may be booked between 1 December
and 1 April by appointment.
To book, call +44 (0) 207 839 2006 or
Annual Robert H. Smith Lecture in
American Democracy with the Eccles Centre for Amerian
Studies and the US Embassy in London: Professor A. E. Dick
Our 2015 speaker,
Professor Howard, spoke of the Magna Carta's influence on constitutionalism in America as part of the Magna Carta 800 year
commemorations. This lecture was presented in association with the
British Library and the US Embassy in London. Professor Howard is
White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the
University of Virginia.
Listen to Professor Howard's talk (introduction by US Ambassador
to the UK, Matthew Barzun)
Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre: Alan Rusbridger
As our 2014 Symposium speaker, Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media, shared his views on freedom of the press. During his editorship the paper has fought a number of high-profile battles over press freedom and libel, including cases involving Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken, the Police Federation, Trafigura, and Wikileaks. The Guardian broke world exclusive stories by publishing NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Listen to Alan Rusbridger's talk
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