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Benjamin Franklin House at 36 Craven Street in the heart of London is a heritage 'gem.' The world's only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin was opened to the public for the first time on 17 January 2006, Ben Franklin's 300th birthday, as a dynamic museum and educational facility encompassing:

A Historical Experience - presenting the excitement and uncertainty of Franklin's nearly 16 years in London using his historic rooms as staging for a drama which seamless integrates live performance, and cutting-edge lighting and projection technology.

A Student Science Centre - encouraging Franklin's boundless spirit of enquiry through hands-on experimentation with scientific discoveries from Franklin's London years, juxtaposing past and present knowledge.

A Scholarship Centre - featuring research facilities, including a full-set of the published Papers of Benjamin Franklin, as a focal point in Europe for study of Franklin and the myriad subjects with which he was associated.

The House, built circa 1730, is architecturally significant. It holds a Grade I listing and retains a majority of original features (central staircase; lathing; 18th century paneling; stoves; windows; fittings; beams; brick, etc) 'unimproved' over time.

The House, as world's only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin, is historically significant:

  • Franklin lived and worked there for sixteen years on the eve of the American Revolution
  • First de facto US Embassy - holds a special place in Anglo-American history
  • Fascinating history of medicine dimension - Franklin's landlady's son-in-law ran an anatomy school from Craven Street

The House has gained official recognition:

  • First site outside the US to gain Save America's Treasures designation
  • Recognised by Tercentenary Committee (celebrating 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth in 2006) established by President George Bush
  • Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 'Milestone' location

Read more about the history of Craven Street