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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

'Captivating, wonderful surprise'— 3 July

'Nice mix of drama and technology'— 3 July

'Truly outstanding'— 30 June

'Totally worth it!'— 26 June

'B-E-A-Utiful'— 22 June

'Lovely to see a real Georgian interior with history'— 20 June

'Enlightening'— 19 June

'So cool'— 19 June

'A little gem!'— 13 June

'Brilliant, very engaging'— 11 June

'Absolutely beautiful'— 9 June

'Amazingly informing'— 9 June

'Well constructed tour- fine acting. A taster to learn more'— 8 June

'Very different- worth the time'— 4 June

'Very inspiring'— 4 June

'Very fun and intriguing'— 3 June

'A marvellous experience!'— 2 June

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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.  Please contact the box office to book concessionary or special offer tickets.

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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?

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.

Pre-booking is advised. Tickets 5 each.

To book, call +44 (0) 207 839 2006 or email info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Please note that there will not be a Walking Tour on Wednesday 24 August. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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A New Website for Benjamin Franklin - Have Your Say

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Upcoming Events


Family Day:  Faces of Franklin (and Friends)

Tuesdays 23 & 30 August, 11am

Ben Franklin, like many of the most important figures in history, has been immortalised in sculptures such as the famous bust by Jean Houdon, on display in the Louvre in Paris. Learn sculpting techniques and put them to use by creating a variety of fun sculptures including Franklin’s head, and yours to take home! Suitable for 7-11 year olds.

Free, but donations welcome! – Advanced booking recommended


Franklin and Climate Change

Monday 12 September, 1 pm

 The term ’climate change’ refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time. This may include changes in temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns. House scholar Lady Joan Reid will explore how Franklin's eighteenth century thinking touched on climate change.

 5/3.50 for Friends and Concessions

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