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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.

The 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

‘Excellent, really interesting and bought Franklin and the House to life. Thanks!’ – 13 March

‘Interesting history; loved the natural appearance’ – 12 March

‘Great - epitome of Enlightenment.’ – 11 March

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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)

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.


Upcoming Events

Annual Fulbright Lecture: Professor William Hodapp on Benjamin Franklin, Liberal Learning, and the Foundation of Higher Education in the West

Monday 30 March, 6.30pm

Join 2015 Fulbright Scholar, Professor William Hodapp, as he traces the development of liberal learning in the West, explores Franklin’s impact on higher education in Colonial America, and reflects on the current role and value of a western liberal education. Professor Hodapp teaches English at the College of St. Scholastica, and is a visiting scholar at Durham University.

5 / 3.50 Friends and Concessions

See details of all our upcoming events here.

 

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Vacancies

Weekend Supervsior

Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am – 6pm (Shared role on flexible rota) 7.50 per hour

The Weekend House Supervisor is responsible for the welfare of the building and the smooth running of its public offerings during the weekends. The supervisor is also responsible for supervising a team of volunteers, as well as managing the box office and completing basic financial tasks. Please see here for the full Role and Person Specification and details on how to apply.

CV and Cover Letter must be emailed to info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org by Monday, 30 March at 5pm.

 

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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.

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