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.
‘A really different experience and a lovely
house’ – 10 May
‘Great show, add this quote 'Beer is proof that
God loves us and wants us to be happy' – 10 May
‘Makes me want to research more about B F’ – 7
‘Very well done, and so superb’ – 7 May
‘Glad we found you!’ - 4 May
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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 holidays. Learn more!
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 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.
H. Smith Lecture in association with the Eccles Centre for
American Studies and the US Embassy:
Magna Carta’s American Adventure — Professor A. E. Dick
LOCATION: The British Library, Conference Centre Auditorium,
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Monday 1 June, 6.30pm
Join us for a talk by Professor A. E. Dick Howard on the
influence of Magna Carta on
constitutionalism in America as part of the Magna Carta 800
year commemorations. In association with the British Library
and the US Embassy. Professor Howard teaches
Law and Public Affairs
at the University of Virginia.
£10 Adults / £8 Seniors / £7 - booking via the British
or via their website
Family Day: National Family Week - Georgian Homes
Tuesday 26 May, 11am
Benjamin Franklin House was built circa 1730. As part of National
Family Week, children will explore how our homes are different today
in this fun session, during which participants will help build a
street of 3D, model Georgian terraces like 36 Craven Street.
Suitable for 5-8 year olds.
Free, but donations welcome! – booking via
To book for any event, please call 020 7925
1405 or email
See details of all our upcoming events
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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