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.
“Wonderful, awesome”–10 May
“A very interesting and enlightening experience”–9 May
“A very daring and interesting tour, I worked at an 18th Century home in the US and will be feeding lots of ideas back to my colleagues. Thanks”–9 May
“Realistic and haunting”–9 May
“Different, interesting”–8 May
“Sensational presentation, many thanks”–8 May
“As a British citizen Resident in Main Line Philadelphia, It was a very enlightening and interesting tour” (Architectural tour)–6 May
“Fantastic Experience! Imagery and acting very fine. Congratulations”–5 May
“I really enjoyed! You don't have to change anything in my opinion”–3 May
“Very well done, very educational plus fun!”–3 May
“New perspective into B Franklin, thank you”–2 May
“Thanks for preserving the ONLY Franklin House”–1 May
“Very Moving Experience. Thank you”–1 May
“Fascinating introduction to a great man”–1 May
“What a wonderful way to present Ben Franklins House”–1 May
“Brilliant idea utilising technology and live performance, conveyed a strong sense of realness to his character. Please keep on”–28 April
“Very outstanding, truly unbelievable!!”–28 April
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rt at Benjamin Franklin House
Benjamin Franklin House is currently showcasing art created by students from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Public School in Andhra Pradesh, India and inspired by our Grade I listed building. See more student art here.
Right: painting by Shreya M, 12 years old
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
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.
Lady Mary Bessborough
Lady Mary Bessborough was Benjamin Franklin’s House’s founding governor. She died on Saturday, 13 April 2013 at her home in Philadelphia and was 98. We will always be grateful to Mary’s passion for Franklin and his only surviving home. Read more.
US Benjamin Franklin House Foundation Embassy Reception
Thank you to all who joined the Benjamin Franklin House Foundation in the US for a reception at the home of British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott in Washington, DC on 16 May 2013.
On Tuesday 28 May , 11am, we will host fun session for kids big and small, during which everyone's help will be needed to build a street of 3D, model Georgian terraces like 36 Craven Street. Suitable for 5-11 year olds. Tickets: £5 per child, free for adults.
'Streets of London' Concert and Reception
The Concordia Music Foundation presents the 'Streets of London' on Friday 14 June, 6.30pm. This musical evening, inspired by famous Craven Street residents, begins with a concert at the National Portrait Gallery and concludes with a reception at Benjamin Franklin House. Tickets: £25. Booking: Send cheques to Concordia Foundation, 40 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NG
Events Booking: Phone our box office on +44 (0)20 7925 1405 (open 10.30am-5pm everyday except Tuesday), or send cheques payable to 'Friends of Benjamin Franklin House'. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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