Benjamin Franklin House

In the heart of London, just steps from famed Trafalgar Square, 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.

Benjamin Franklin House, built circa 1730, is today a dynamic museum and educational facility.

The 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.

School visitors explore the Student Science Centre featuring hands-on experimentation with Franklin's London scientific discoveries, juxtaposing past and present knowledge.

The top floor Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre is a focal point in Europe for Franklin and Franklin-related study, featuring a full set of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, as catalogued by Yale University, and an active symposia programme.

While 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 (innoculation, 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.

The House is accessible via guided tours on Monday and the Historical Experience Show Wednesday-Sunday. Tours and Show run at 12, 1, 2, 3.15 and 4.15.


Exhibitions and events

The Lighting Rod: Invention and Contention

Event on 28.09.2017 18:30

Using exciting science demos, Gemma Smith, Education Manager, will explore how one of Franklin’s most iconic inventions, the Lightning Rod, came about. She will also reveal the personal and political...

Museums at Night - Craven Street Bones

Event on 28.10.2017 18:30

In 1997, a chance discovery during conservation sparked an investigation at Benjamin Franklin House: how did human skeletal remains of up to 10 individuals come to be buried under the basement...

Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre. Benjamin Franklin in London: From British R

Event on 16.11.2017 18:30

George Goodwin, our Author in Residence, explores Franklin’s life in the heaving metropolis of 18th century London, his friendship Joseph Priestley and Francis Dashwood, his political cooperation...

Thanksgiving Dinner

Event on 23.11.2017 19:30

An American Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings will take place at magnificent Clothworkers’ Hall.  Roast turkey (and stuffing and vegetables and of course pumpkin pie) will be a highlight. ...

Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

Event on 07.12.2017 18:30

Celebrate the festive season with friends of the House and our Craven Street neighbours.  In the great British holiday tradition, enjoy a mince pie, and a glass or two of homemade mulled wine!...

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