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.
delivered in an interactive way.’— 4 February
‘Thank you to all
involved. Long been on list. Very good time!’— 4 February
‘Excellent visit, many
thanks.’— 30 January
informative.’— 29 January
‘Wonderful experience, passionately
conveyed!’— 16 January
‘Very original way of learning a story.’— 9
‘I have just retired from 32 years as a diplomat with the US state
department, including service in London. Thank you for preserving this
home and for the beautiful tribute you presented honouring one of our
greatest Americans.’— 4 January
‘Most enjoyable. Learned a lot about the man I previously did not
know.’— 4 January
‘Thanks for such a lovely remembrance to a legendary man.’— 4 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).
Closed to the public
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
Benjamin Franklin House are recruiting a
new Weekend House Supervisor who will be
responsible for the welfare of the building and the smooth running
of its public offerings during the weekends.
To read more about
this vanacy, please read the
Weekend House Supervisor Job Desription
send a CV & Cover Letter to Elizabeth Ward at
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?
Monday - Friday, 10:30am. Booking by
appointment only September - May. Tickets £5 each.
To book, call +44 (0) 207 839 2006 or
A New Website for Benjamin Franklin - Have Your Say
The Founding Father of Open Source?
Benjamin Franklin was also
one of the leading scientists of his day. But was Dr. Franklin also
the Founding Father of the Open Source movement? Dr. Christian Defeo
will illustrate how Dr. Franklin’s collaborative, open approach in
the development of the lightning rod and Franklin stove presaged a
method of innovation which has given us everything from Linux to the
products of the Maker Movement. This talk will also present how
modern industry still has much to learn from Dr. Franklin's methods.
£8/£5.50 for Friends and
Franklin and Polly
Hewson: A Second Daughter
House Director Dr Márcia Balisciano explores Franklin’s relationship
with his surrogate family of 16 years at Craven Street, most notably
how he became a ‘father’ to the daughter of his Craven Street
landlady, Polly Hewson, ensuring an American destiny for her and her
£8/£5.50 for Friends
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