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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

‘An impressive narrative. New perspectives’ – 21 August

‘Will now read more about him. Excellent’ – 21 August

‘Great value’ – 20 August

‘Catchy. Cool!’ – 18 August

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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.

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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, participants can discover them in our new fun and informative walking tour.

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

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Upcoming Events

The Kite and Key

9 September at 11:30am

Join Education Manager, Stephen Wilson, for a lecture and live demonstration exploring the science and speculation behind Franklin’s infamous and much-mythologised ‘kite and key’ experiment, said to have been conducted to prove that lightning is an electrical phenomenon. For science novices and Franklin fans alike.

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To book for an event, please call Our Box Office (Phone: +44 (0) 207 925 1405) is open 10.30am-5pm everyday, except Tuesdays.

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Annual Robert H. Smith Lecture in American Democracy with the Eccles Centre for Amerian Studies and the US Embassy in London: Professor A. E. Dick Howard

Our 2015 speaker, Professor Howard, spoke of the Magna Carta's influence on constitutionalism in America as part of the Magna Carta 800 year commemorations. This lecture was presented in association with the British Library and the US Embassy in London. Professor Howard is White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Listen to Professor Howard's talk (introduction by US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun)


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.

Listen to Alan Rusbridger's talk

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