Benjamin Franklin House

Benjamin Franklin House Benjamin Franklin House is the world's only remaining Franklin home. Built circa 1730, it is today a dynamic museum and educational facility.
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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. 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 li

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. 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 li

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#DidYouKnow that back in his day, Benjamin Franklin was a style icon..?! Sent to France when he was 70, he chose to spor...
03/09/2021

#DidYouKnow that back in his day, Benjamin Franklin was a style icon..?! Sent to France when he was 70, he chose to sport a fur hat to play up to the 'frontiersman' American image. It became a huge hit and men and women rushed to replicate it. Influencers are so 1776 💁‍♂️

#FranklinFactFriday

Image Description: Profile portrait on a gold medallion, facing left. Franklin wears a fur hat and a neck tie. Text along perimeter of inner circle reads: B. Franklin/Americain.

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#DidYouKnow that back in his day, Benjamin Franklin was a style icon..?! Sent to France when he was 70, he chose to sport a fur hat to play up to the 'frontiersman' American image. It became a huge hit and men and women rushed to replicate it. Influencers are so 1776 💁‍♂️

#FranklinFactFriday

Image Description: Profile portrait on a gold medallion, facing left. Franklin wears a fur hat and a neck tie. Text along perimeter of inner circle reads: B. Franklin/Americain.

#BenjaminFranklinHouse #BFH #London #HistoricHouse #Museum #LondonMuseum #MuseumFromHome #BenjaminFranklin #BenFranklin #Franklin #USHistory #LondonHistory #History #Heritage #ToDoInLondon #VisitLondon #GuidedTour #LondonSmallHistoricHouses #LondonArchitecture #AmRevHistory #Architecture #GeorgianArchitecture #Fashionista #InfluencerLife #GeorgianStyle #GeorgianFashion

Who says going back to school has to be boring?!Join us live for a free 30 minute webinar every 2nd Thursday and discove...
02/09/2021

Who says going back to school has to be boring?!
Join us live for a free 30 minute webinar every 2nd Thursday and discover all the key events in early American history!

Starts next week, find out more here: https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/events/

Image description: A brown background. Central is two photos, on the left is John Trumbull's painting, The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775 and on the right is a map of the original thirteen colonies. Writing above and below photos says, Live History Classes for Kids! Early America. Free virtual classes. Benjamin Franklin House logo is in the bottom right hand corner.

Who says going back to school has to be boring?!
Join us live for a free 30 minute webinar every 2nd Thursday and discover all the key events in early American history!

Starts next week, find out more here: https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/events/

Image description: A brown background. Central is two photos, on the left is John Trumbull's painting, The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775 and on the right is a map of the original thirteen colonies. Writing above and below photos says, Live History Classes for Kids! Early America. Free virtual classes. Benjamin Franklin House logo is in the bottom right hand corner.

"Keep you eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards" - Poor Richard's Alamanack (1738)⁠And on this day in 173...
01/09/2021

"Keep you eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards" - Poor Richard's Alamanack (1738)⁠

And on this day in 1730, Deborah Read and Benjamin Franklin entered a Common Law Marriage - Happy 291st Anniversary (not sure there's a stone for that one) 👰🤵

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

Image Description: Above quote beside a painted portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Duplessis, in which he is middle-aged and wearing a grey three-piece silk suit.

"Keep you eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards" - Poor Richard's Alamanack (1738)⁠

And on this day in 1730, Deborah Read and Benjamin Franklin entered a Common Law Marriage - Happy 291st Anniversary (not sure there's a stone for that one) 👰🤵

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

Image Description: Above quote beside a painted portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Duplessis, in which he is middle-aged and wearing a grey three-piece silk suit.

Are you a budding writer aged between 18 and 25? If so, be quick as there's only 2 months left to enter our Literary Pri...
31/08/2021

Are you a budding writer aged between 18 and 25?
If so, be quick as there's only 2 months left to enter our Literary Prize! Send us your 1000-1500 word interpretation of the quote pictured and you could win £750.

To find out more visit: https://bit.ly/3nGSkTB

Image description: an orange background with large white quill in the bottom right hand corner. The Benjamin Franklin Logo is top right next to the title 'Literary Prize 2021'
Below, the quote 'Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.' is written in white font.

Are you a budding writer aged between 18 and 25?
If so, be quick as there's only 2 months left to enter our Literary Prize! Send us your 1000-1500 word interpretation of the quote pictured and you could win £750.

To find out more visit: https://bit.ly/3nGSkTB

Image description: an orange background with large white quill in the bottom right hand corner. The Benjamin Franklin Logo is top right next to the title 'Literary Prize 2021'
Below, the quote 'Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.' is written in white font.

28/08/2021

Just one week to go until #OpenHouseLondon

Let us know whose already got their free tickets👇👇

If not, have no fear, there’s still time:
https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/event/open-house-weekend-2021/


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#DidYouKnow In order to submit to his brother's rebellious newspaper, the New-England Courant, Franklin used the persona...
27/08/2021

#DidYouKnow In order to submit to his brother's rebellious newspaper, the New-England Courant, Franklin used the persona of a middle-age widow, Mrs. Silence Dogood. Here he wrote witty and intelligent essays on colonial America.⁠

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image Description: A Silence Dogood Essay in the New -England Courant.⁠

#DidYouKnow In order to submit to his brother's rebellious newspaper, the New-England Courant, Franklin used the persona of a middle-age widow, Mrs. Silence Dogood. Here he wrote witty and intelligent essays on colonial America.⁠

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image Description: A Silence Dogood Essay in the New -England Courant.⁠

25/08/2021

In today's episode of Frank(lin) Views, Gay Huey Evans CBE, Chairman of the London Metal Exchange, discusses leadership, taking from her own experiences and the words of Benjamin Franklin.

Here, she highlights Benjamin Franklin's journey from modest beginnings to being an accomplished and celebrated leader.

Listen to the full episode on free app #BloombergConnects

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"Have you somewhat to do To-morrow, do it To-day" - Poor Richard's Almanack (1742)⁠⁠#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD⁠⁠Image Descri...
25/08/2021

"Have you somewhat to do To-morrow, do it To-day" - Poor Richard's Almanack (1742)⁠

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD⁠

Image Description: Above quote beside a painted portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Duplessis, in which he is middle-aged and wearing a grey three-piece silk suit.⁠

"Have you somewhat to do To-morrow, do it To-day" - Poor Richard's Almanack (1742)⁠

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD⁠

Image Description: Above quote beside a painted portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Duplessis, in which he is middle-aged and wearing a grey three-piece silk suit.⁠

Calling all book lovers! We are so excited to bring you an exclusive digital launch of Julie Flavell’s new book, The How...
21/08/2021

Calling all book lovers!
We are so excited to bring you an exclusive digital launch of Julie Flavell’s new book, The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain’s Wars for America.

Featuring a Q&A with Julie, you definitely don't want to miss this!
Find out more and register here: https://bit.ly/3iXn16m

Image description: The book cover of The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain’s Wars for America is pictured in the centre of a cream and burnt orange background. Written below image in black, line one: Digital Book Launch and Author Q&A and line two: August 24 | 5pm BST | 12pm ET.

Calling all book lovers!
We are so excited to bring you an exclusive digital launch of Julie Flavell’s new book, The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain’s Wars for America.

Featuring a Q&A with Julie, you definitely don't want to miss this!
Find out more and register here: https://bit.ly/3iXn16m

Image description: The book cover of The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain’s Wars for America is pictured in the centre of a cream and burnt orange background. Written below image in black, line one: Digital Book Launch and Author Q&A and line two: August 24 | 5pm BST | 12pm ET.

#DidYouKnow Franklin married his wife, Deborah Read, under common law on the 1st September 1730. This means that they li...
20/08/2021

#DidYouKnow Franklin married his wife, Deborah Read, under common law on the 1st September 1730. This means that they lived together as husband and wife without religious approval.⁠

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image description: Oil head and shoulder portrait of Deborah Read Franklin wearing white and blue gown. ⁠

#DidYouKnow Franklin married his wife, Deborah Read, under common law on the 1st September 1730. This means that they lived together as husband and wife without religious approval.⁠

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image description: Oil head and shoulder portrait of Deborah Read Franklin wearing white and blue gown. ⁠

The final stretch is in sight 🤩 As the long summer holiday draws to an end, keep your little ones occupied for FREE with...
19/08/2021

The final stretch is in sight 🤩
As the long summer holiday draws to an end, keep your little ones occupied for FREE with a morning of craft as they create their very own self-portrait. Smiles guaranteed all around!

Tuesday 24 August, in person and virtual. Places are going fast so find out more and book today: https://bit.ly/2Wc45YZ

Image description: A young boy smiling whilst holding up a coloured collaged, self-portrait of himself.

The final stretch is in sight 🤩
As the long summer holiday draws to an end, keep your little ones occupied for FREE with a morning of craft as they create their very own self-portrait. Smiles guaranteed all around!

Tuesday 24 August, in person and virtual. Places are going fast so find out more and book today: https://bit.ly/2Wc45YZ

Image description: A young boy smiling whilst holding up a coloured collaged, self-portrait of himself.

"When you're good to others, you are best to yourself" - Poor Richard's Almanac Improved (1748)#WednesdayWisdom #QOTDIma...
18/08/2021

"When you're good to others, you are best to yourself" - Poor Richard's Almanac Improved (1748)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

Image Description: Above quote beside a painted portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Duplessis, in which he is middle-aged and wearing a grey three-piece silk suit.

"When you're good to others, you are best to yourself" - Poor Richard's Almanac Improved (1748)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

Image Description: Above quote beside a painted portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Duplessis, in which he is middle-aged and wearing a grey three-piece silk suit.

Last chance to join us tomorrow for a special Family Edition of Ben's Book Club!⁠⁠Author Michael J. Rosen will be discus...
17/08/2021

Last chance to join us tomorrow for a special Family Edition of Ben's Book Club!⁠

Author Michael J. Rosen will be discussing Franklin's adventurous childhood, as told in his children's book 'A Ben of All Trades'.⁠

Register free: http://bit.ly/BFHEvents⁠


Image description: ⁠Book cover of A Ben of All Trades, besides author photo of Michael J. Rosen. Text reads 'Ben's Book Club with children's author Michael J. Rosen.'⁠

Last chance to join us tomorrow for a special Family Edition of Ben's Book Club!⁠

Author Michael J. Rosen will be discussing Franklin's adventurous childhood, as told in his children's book 'A Ben of All Trades'.⁠

Register free: http://bit.ly/BFHEvents⁠


Image description: ⁠Book cover of A Ben of All Trades, besides author photo of Michael J. Rosen. Text reads 'Ben's Book Club with children's author Michael J. Rosen.'⁠

Reminder! Join us next week for a special Family Edition of Ben's Book Club!Author Michael J. Rosen will be discussing F...
14/08/2021

Reminder! Join us next week for a special Family Edition of Ben's Book Club!

Author Michael J. Rosen will be discussing Franklin's adventurous childhood, as told in his children's book 'A Ben of All Trades'.

Register free: http://bit.ly/BFHEvents

Image Description: Book cover of A Ben of All Trades, besides author photo of Michael J. Rosen. Text reads 'Ben's Book Club with children's author Michael J. Rosen.'

Reminder! Join us next week for a special Family Edition of Ben's Book Club!

Author Michael J. Rosen will be discussing Franklin's adventurous childhood, as told in his children's book 'A Ben of All Trades'.

Register free: http://bit.ly/BFHEvents

Image Description: Book cover of A Ben of All Trades, besides author photo of Michael J. Rosen. Text reads 'Ben's Book Club with children's author Michael J. Rosen.'

Join us today at 5pm BST/12pm ET for the last panel of the  Transatlantic Slavery Symposium! Award-winning author Annett...
13/08/2021

Join us today at 5pm BST/12pm ET for the last panel of the Transatlantic Slavery Symposium!

Award-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed will be moderating a panel on Public Memory and Oral Histories, featuring Andrew Davenport (Public Historian Thomas Jefferson's Monticello ), Justin G. Reid (State director of community initiatives Virginia Humanities ), and Professor Alan Rice of The University of Central Lancashire - UCLan

Free, but registration required

www.monticello.org/tss

In partnership with:

The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies

Join us today at 5pm BST/12pm ET for the last panel of the Transatlantic Slavery Symposium!

Award-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed will be moderating a panel on Public Memory and Oral Histories, featuring Andrew Davenport (Public Historian Thomas Jefferson's Monticello ), Justin G. Reid (State director of community initiatives Virginia Humanities ), and Professor Alan Rice of The University of Central Lancashire - UCLan

Free, but registration required

www.monticello.org/tss

In partnership with:

The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies

#DidYouKnow today is #LeftHandersDay?! (Though not proved), it is widely documented that Benjamin Franklin was himself l...
13/08/2021

#DidYouKnow today is #LeftHandersDay?! (Though not proved), it is widely documented that Benjamin Franklin was himself left handed! So let's celebrate the day and comment below if there are any other fellow left handers out there.. ✍️🥳

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: Coloured portrait of Benjamin Franklin sat in a grand red chair at a red desk. He is wearing a blue coat with gold buckles. His right hand is stroking is neck whilst his left is holding a bundle of letters. Wearing round glasses, he appears to be reading the letters.

#DidYouKnow today is #LeftHandersDay?! (Though not proved), it is widely documented that Benjamin Franklin was himself left handed! So let's celebrate the day and comment below if there are any other fellow left handers out there.. ✍️🥳

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: Coloured portrait of Benjamin Franklin sat in a grand red chair at a red desk. He is wearing a blue coat with gold buckles. His right hand is stroking is neck whilst his left is holding a bundle of letters. Wearing round glasses, he appears to be reading the letters.

Booking now open! We are thrilled to be taking part in #OpenHouseLondon on 4-5 September from 10:30am-4:30pm. Tickets ar...
12/08/2021

Booking now open! We are thrilled to be taking part in #OpenHouseLondon on 4-5 September from 10:30am-4:30pm. Tickets are free but please pre-book here to avoid disappointment.

Click here for more information and booking: https://bit.ly/37FSVhr

Image description: The front of Benjamin Franklin House with a queue of people outside.

Booking now open! We are thrilled to be taking part in #OpenHouseLondon on 4-5 September from 10:30am-4:30pm. Tickets are free but please pre-book here to avoid disappointment.

Click here for more information and booking: https://bit.ly/37FSVhr

Image description: The front of Benjamin Franklin House with a queue of people outside.

Day 4 of the Transatlantic Slavery Symposium focuses on Historic Sites Interpreting Slavery. Join Dr Laura Sandy of Univ...
12/08/2021

Day 4 of the Transatlantic Slavery Symposium focuses on Historic Sites Interpreting Slavery.

Join Dr Laura Sandy of University of Liverpool at 5pm BST/12pm ET in conversation with Dr. Antoinette T. Jackson of
University of South Florida, Jean-Francois Manicom curator of the International Slavery Museum, and Ramin Ganeshram CEO of Westport Museum for History & Culture

Free, but registration required
Monticello.org/tss

In partnership with:
Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Day 4 of the Transatlantic Slavery Symposium focuses on Historic Sites Interpreting Slavery.

Join Dr Laura Sandy of University of Liverpool at 5pm BST/12pm ET in conversation with Dr. Antoinette T. Jackson of
University of South Florida, Jean-Francois Manicom curator of the International Slavery Museum, and Ramin Ganeshram CEO of Westport Museum for History & Culture

Free, but registration required
Monticello.org/tss

In partnership with:
Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Address

Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street
London
WC2N 5NF

Nearest Tube/BR: Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo Lines), Embankment (District and Circle Lines) From Charing Cross: Turn left out of the main station entrance, through the alleyway and down the steps on to Craven Street. Turn left - we are three doors down. From Embankment: Exit the station away from the river on to Villiers Street and walk up. Turn left through the Arches shopping parade, which will take you on to Craven Street. The House is two doors up on your right. Buses: There are a number of buses that stop near Craven Street. Routes 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91, 176 all stop on the Strand. Parking around Benjamin Franklin House is extremely limited - we urge visitors to use public transport.

General information

Historical Experience shows run Wednesday-Sunday at 12, 1, 2, 3.15 and 4.15pm. Tickets cost £7 adults, £5 Friends and concessions, £3.50 National Trust members and under-16s go free. The experience lasts for 45 minutes. Pre-booking is advised. Architectural tours run on Mondays at 12, 1, 2, 3.15 and 4.15pm. Tickets cost £3.50 for adults, under 16s go free. Tours last for 25 minutes. Our box office +44(0)2079251405 is open everyday except Tuesdays from 10.30am-5pm. Call to book tickets for the Historical Experience, architectural tour and events.

Opening Hours

Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

+442078392006

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Hi everybody! I'm italian painter, This is my homage to Benjamin Franklin, it's one of my lasts paint made oil on canvans. The size is 52 x 37. I Think that science is art and the other way around.
If you would like a daily bit of Franklin's wit and wisdom, follow his page, "Benjamin Franklin Lives! https://www.facebook.com/theHouseonMarketStreet
🎉Happy Birthday...Benjamin Franklin Lives
MY TWO BIRTHDAYS Kind Reader, The day I was born was January 6, 1706, known in some circles as "Old Christmas Day" or Epiphany. Or at least it was that day in London, as Britain still followed the old Julian calendar. The same day in Paris was January 17, 1706, the French using the more modern Gregorian calendar. Boston, where I was born, of course employed the same calendar as Great Britain. However, by act of Parliament, in September 1752, Great Britain gave up the old calendar, and adopted the new one, and September 2 was followed by September 14, and all anniversaries had to be adjusted accordingly. Thus my birthday was no longer the 6th, but the 17th of January. Some people were genuinely distressed at this change. They supposed that Parliament has, in some manner, robbed them of eleven days of their lives. They might just as well have thought Parliament had added eleven days to the end of their lives; but of course it was neither. Today I share with you a letter I wrote to my wife, on January 6, 1773. I had no notion when I wrote it that I would still be alive 17 years later, while poor Deborah had less than two years remaining to her. I am your friend and servant, B. Franklin ____________________________________ My Dear Child, I feel still some regard for this sixth of January, as my old nominal birthday, though the change of style has carried the real day forward to the 17th, when I shall be, if I live till then, 67 years of age. It seems but t’ other day since you and I were ranked among the boys and girls, so swiftly does time fly! We have however great reason to be thankful that so much of our lives has passed so happily; and that so great a share of health and strength remains, as to render life yet comfortable. I received your kind letter of November 16th by [Mr.] Sutton. The apples are not yet come on shore, but I thank you for them. Captain [Isaac] All was so good as to send me a barrel of excellent ones, which serve me in the meantime. I rejoice to hear that you all continue well. But you have so used [i.e. accustomed] me to have something pretty about the boy, that I am a little disappointed in finding nothing more of him than that he is gone up to Burlington. Pray give in your next as usual, a little of his history. All our friends here are pleased with your remembering them, and send their love to you. Give mine to all that inquire concerning me, and a good deal to our children. I am ever, my dear Debby, your affectionate husband, B. Franklin ______________________
Hi! I don't think that your online ticket ordering system is working. It keeps looping from entering your info- choosing ticket types- entering your info but it never lets you actually check out.
Visit Benjamin Franklin House! But also visit Dr. Franklin's own page. He posts new things every day, from his almanacs, letters, and other writings. Of the things he posts, some are rather wise, and some are otherwise. Things that he hopes are useful; i.e. instructive or entertaining. If you like what you see, then "like" what you see! https://www.facebook.com/PrintingOfficeMarketStreet/
Happy Birthday Mrs. Silence Dogood!