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 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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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
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?
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 Kite and Key
Monday 26 September, 6:30pm
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.
£5/£3.50 Friends and Concessions
Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin
Tuesday 25 October, 4-5pm
Children will be entertained by 18th century scary
stories told by Polly Hewson and ghastly games!
Free, but donations welcome! Advanced
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