Benjamin Franklin House

Benjamin Franklin House Benjamin Franklin House is the world's only remaining Franklin home. Built circa 1730, it is today a The top floor Robert H.
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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

ghting, 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. 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.

Don't forget to book your place on our Halloween Walking Tour!Meet us at 36 Craven Street and enjoy as your ghoulish gui...
19/10/2023

Don't forget to book your place on our Halloween Walking Tour!

Meet us at 36 Craven Street and enjoy as your ghoulish guide traces Benjamin Franklin's footsteps around haunted London!

Limited tickets available, book now --> https://bitly.ws/VQ3w

Join us after hours at Craven Street to learn the secret, spooky history of Benjamin Franklin's former home.Learn about ...
13/10/2023

Join us after hours at Craven Street to learn the secret, spooky history of Benjamin Franklin's former home.
Learn about William Hewson and his experiments while enjoying a scarily good cocktail or two!

Book your tickets for Thursday 26th October --> https://bitly.ws/XcuS
Book your tickets for Monday 30th October --> https://bitly.ws/XcuW

Follow in Benjamin Franklin's footsteps, learning about 18th Century London with some spoooky facts sprinkled in!Meet yo...
01/10/2023

Follow in Benjamin Franklin's footsteps, learning about 18th Century London with some spoooky facts sprinkled in!

Meet your haunted host at 36 Craven Street on 1st November @ 16.00

Book your tickets now --> https://bitly.ws/VQ3w

Is it possible to be Minister Plenipotentiary to Sweden without actually going to Sweden? In 1782 it definitely was!  Se...
28/09/2023

Is it possible to be Minister Plenipotentiary to Sweden without actually going to Sweden? In 1782 it definitely was!

September 28, 1782, Benjamin Franklin was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to Sweden.

As Benjamin Franklin said: “the first power in Europe which had voluntarily & without solicitation offered its friendship to the United States.”

Join us at LSE for the annual Robert H Smith Lecture in Democracy by Ambassador Gerard Errera in conversation with Dr Má...
27/09/2023

Join us at LSE for the annual Robert H Smith Lecture in Democracy by Ambassador Gerard Errera in conversation with Dr Márcia Balisciano⁠

THURSDAY 5 OCT @ 18.15⁠

This is a free event, with seats assigned on a first come first served basis. ⁠
⁠For more information --> https://bitly.ws/VQ5F

Join us for Ian Ruskins's one-man play 'To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine'Discover how a simple ma...
15/09/2023

Join us for Ian Ruskins's one-man play 'To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine'

Discover how a simple man from Norfolk changed the world with his pen!

15th October @ 16:15pm
Book your tickets now --> https://bitly.ws/UIMj

"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy and wealthy"⁠~ Poor Richard, 1735⁠⁠   ⁠⁠Image description: Above qu...
13/09/2023

"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy and wealthy"⁠
~ Poor Richard, 1735⁠



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.⁠

Planning your Open House weekend? We are open!Visit us at 36 Craven St. to learn about Benjamin Franklin's life in Georg...
08/09/2023

Planning your Open House weekend? We are open!

Visit us at 36 Craven St. to learn about Benjamin Franklin's life in Georgian London. We're sure you'll be interested in hearing about Ben's ... interesting habits, like airbathing ;)

Learn more --> https://bitly.ws/T4QX

'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes' ⁠Letter to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy (1789)⁠⁠   ⁠⁠I...
06/09/2023

'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes' ⁠
Letter to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy (1789)⁠



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.

Something spooky is coming to Benjamin Franklin House this Autumn.Keep your eyes peeled for more info on our Halloween e...
01/09/2023

Something spooky is coming to Benjamin Franklin House this Autumn.
Keep your eyes peeled for more info on our Halloween events, we'll be giving more details soon!

In 1761, Ben Franklin invented the Glass Armonica which became hugely popular because of its haunting tones,.Both Mozart...
30/08/2023

In 1761, Ben Franklin invented the Glass Armonica which became hugely popular because of its haunting tones,.

Both Mozart and Beethoven both composed songs on the Armonica and Marie Antoinette took lessons as a child !

Interested in learning more about Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica and its famous players, head over to 36 Craven St. and play it yourself!

We're taking part in Open House festival 2023!Come along for free on the Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th; Saturday 16th and 17...
26/08/2023

We're taking part in Open House festival 2023!

Come along for free on the Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th; Saturday 16th and 17th for free to learn all about Benjamin Franklin, his life, inventions, and adventures. You'll also get a taste of Georgian London and discover our fantastic features that made us a Grade I listed property.

Check our website for more details & we'll see you soon

Franklin's Parlour   before we opened, what a difference!  Benjamin Franklin would 'airbathe' for 30 minutes every morni...
25/08/2023

Franklin's Parlour before we opened, what a difference!

Benjamin Franklin would 'airbathe' for 30 minutes every morning in front of these windows (and his poor neighbours!)?

Visit us on 36 Craven St. Friday-Sunday's, or check out our website to learn more about Founding Father, inventor, diplomat and scientist

"There are three Things extreamly hard, Steel, a Diamond and to know one's self"~ Poor Richard Improved, 1750   Image de...
23/08/2023

"There are three Things extreamly hard, Steel, a Diamond and to know one's self"
~ Poor Richard Improved, 1750



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.

Enjoy the end of summer with us by joining our Walking TourWe’ll be tracing Benjamin Franklins footsteps, discovering th...
23/08/2023

Enjoy the end of summer with us by joining our Walking Tour

We’ll be tracing Benjamin Franklins footsteps, discovering the tense climate of 18th century London and admiring the work of architects like Robert and John Adam!

£12 per ticket --> https://bitly.ws/SU6X

New book! Learn about Ben, his experiments and inventions in 'I am Benjamin Franklin' by Brad Meltzer. This picture book...
16/08/2023

New book! Learn about Ben, his experiments and inventions in 'I am Benjamin Franklin' by Brad Meltzer.
This picture book is perfect for future scientists, inventors and historians.

Make sure to pick up a copy if you're visiting us over summer.



Image Description: Cover of 'I am Benjamin Franklin', with a cartoon image of Franklin and a kite

  ⁠If you've visited Benjamin Franklin House, you'll know all about our beautiful original Georgian panelling. ⁠We thoug...
11/08/2023


If you've visited Benjamin Franklin House, you'll know all about our beautiful original Georgian panelling. ⁠
We thought we'd share a behind the scenes image of conservation works in the early 2000s before we opened in 2006. ⁠

To learn more about conserving London's historic houses, come along to one of our architecture tours, every Friday 11am-16.15pm⁠

Image Description: First image shows Margaret's parlour, with Georgian panelling, a large marble fireplace in the centre with three chairs facing it. The second image shows the same room with scaffolding and a man painting/conserving the room.

"The miseries of mankind are brought upon them by the false estimates that have made of the value of things."⁠⁠~ Letter ...
09/08/2023

"The miseries of mankind are brought upon them by the false estimates that have made of the value of things."⁠

~ Letter to Madame Brillon, 10 November 1779⁠




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.

Looking for somewhere to shelter from the rain? Pop over to 36 Craven St. this weekend for our Historical Experience tou...
05/08/2023

Looking for somewhere to shelter from the rain?

Pop over to 36 Craven St. this weekend for our Historical Experience tour!

Click the link in our bio to book your tickets now!

"A true Friend is the best Possession" - Poor Richard (1744)⁠Image Description: Above quote beside a painted portrait of...
02/08/2023

"A true Friend is the best Possession" - Poor Richard (1744)⁠

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.

Happy International Friendship Day! ⁠⁠You might've heard about the  , and while it hasn't got much to do with Franklin, ...
30/07/2023

Happy International Friendship Day! ⁠

You might've heard about the , and while it hasn't got much to do with Franklin, the theory is based on his interactions with a rival. Ben asked his rival to lend him a book, and noted that from that moment a meaningful friendship blossomed!⁠

We thought we'd share some of Franklin's wisdom on friendship to help us celebrate... make sure to share with your friends today⁠.

A reminder that our Summer Walking Tour is happening on the 3rd August @ 3pm. We only have 2 tickets left, so make sure ...
28/07/2023

A reminder that our Summer Walking Tour is happening on the 3rd August @ 3pm.

We only have 2 tickets left, so make sure to head to our website and secure yours now!

  in 1775 Benjamin Franklin was appointed Postmaster General for the USPS. ⁠He served in the position until 1776, when R...
26/07/2023

in 1775 Benjamin Franklin was appointed Postmaster General for the USPS. ⁠
He served in the position until 1776, when Richard Bache took over the responsibility. ⁠

Image Description: a commemorative stamp from 2006, depicting Franklin reading on the right and top left, the original 1847 stamp

  we have a special exhibition, 'Franklin in Portraits' on the Bloomberg Connects App.  ⁠⁠Download the app to learn more...
21/07/2023

we have a special exhibition, 'Franklin in Portraits' on the Bloomberg Connects App. ⁠

Download the app to learn more and discover more about Franklin's life through his portraits. ⁠

Image Description: Oil painting of Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment. Franklin is centre, holding a lightning rod, with 3 young boys in the background holding a kite.

Who do you think would win, Ben Franklin or Bobby Fischer?It's International Chess Day,   Franklin loved chess and wrote...
20/07/2023

Who do you think would win, Ben Franklin or Bobby Fischer?

It's International Chess Day, Franklin loved chess and wrote 'The Morals of Chess' in 1779?

To learn more about Franklin, his inventions and life in Georgian London, visit us at 36 Craven Street, open every Friday - Sunday.

Image Description: A black and white, photoshopped image of Bobby Fischer playing chess with Benjamin Franklin.

"Nothing brings more pain than too much pleasure" - Poor Richard's Almanack (1738)Image description: Above quote beside ...
19/07/2023

"Nothing brings more pain than too much pleasure" - Poor Richard's Almanack (1738)

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.

  in 1792, John Paul Jones, US Naval hero and friend of Benjamin Franklin died in Paris.In honour of Benjamin Franklin a...
18/07/2023

in 1792, John Paul Jones, US Naval hero and friend of Benjamin Franklin died in Paris.
In honour of Benjamin Franklin and his Almanack, John Paul Jones renamed his ship, Bonhomme Richard.
In 1779, Bonhomme Richard sunk off the British coast, during the Battle of Flamborough Head, and is commemorated by our colleagues

Image Description: painting of the sea battle at Flamborough Head between the Bonhomme Richard and the Serapis, by Richard Paton (1780)

Join us on our Summer Walking Tour as we travel back in time to discover the sights, sounds and smells of Ben Franklin's...
14/07/2023

Join us on our Summer Walking Tour as we travel back in time to discover the sights, sounds and smells of Ben Franklin's London.

Find out more and grab your ticket today! --> https://bit.ly/43ws2ak

Thursday 3rd August at 3pm. £12 per person (plus booking fee).

Image Description: Painting by Canelletto depicting the Strand front of Northumberland House in 1752. Charles I's statue is seen on the right and survives in situ today.

  in 1776, The Pennsylvania Evening Post presented the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence, enab...
06/07/2023

in 1776, The Pennsylvania Evening Post presented the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence, enabling Americans to read or hear the words for themselves.

Image description: A photo of The Pennsylvania Evening Post from July 6 1776 declaring the events that had happened on July 4.

"It is a Common Observation here that our Cause is  the Cause of all Mankind ; and that we are fighting for their Libert...
05/07/2023

"It is a Common Observation here that our Cause is the Cause of all Mankind ; and that we are fighting for their Liberty in defending our own" - Benjamin Franklin to Samuel Cooper (1777)



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.

Seeing as Benjamin Franklin was the only Founder to have signed all four documents that created the new nation, July 4 p...
04/07/2023

Seeing as Benjamin Franklin was the only Founder to have signed all four documents that created the new nation, July 4 practically oozes out of our walls 🇺🇸⁠ 🇺🇸⁠

We therefore wish you all a very happy day ahead – Please let us know how you are celebrating in the comments below ❤️🤍💙

Image description: A black square with black and white graphic of Benjamin Franklin House in the centre. The top two windows have illustrated red, white and blue fan decorations and there is American flag bunting strung along the bottom of the first floor. Top left of square is text reading 4th of July in red, white and blue and bottom right it reads Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street, London in white.

Join us after school on Thursday 6th July at 4:30pm-6:00pm to celebrate Fourth of July at Benjamin Franklin House! Learn...
03/07/2023

Join us after school on Thursday 6th July at 4:30pm-6:00pm to celebrate Fourth of July at Benjamin Franklin House! Learn about Franklin’s role in American independence and craft your very own Independence Day decorations to take home or to donate to the museum for our displays 🌟🌟

Tickets: https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/event/family-event-independence-day/

Image description: A collage of photos from our previous family days; Polly stands in front of Benjamin Franklin House's decorated façade holding an American flag, children are pictured in a bright room grouped around tables with adults, taking part in various craft activities.

  in 1776, at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin and his colleagues voted for independen...
02/07/2023

in 1776, at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin and his colleagues voted for independence from Britain!⁠

After what felt like endless debates, they finally signed the Declaration and a long tradition of celebrating our severed ties began...to continue that tradition, join us in London this weekend 😉⁠

Image description: an oil painting by Robert Edge Pine. Seated in the centre is Benjamin Franklin, alongside John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston and Thomas Jefferson.

This   meet Friedrich von Steuben, the openly gay Revolutionary War hero who, despite facing discrimination for his sexu...
01/07/2023

This meet Friedrich von Steuben, the openly gay Revolutionary War hero who, despite facing discrimination for his sexuality, rose to the rank of Major General and played a crucial role in training the Continental Army 🌈

While there is no evidence suggesting that Franklin explicitly supported von Steuben's sexuality, he did not discriminate and even recommend him to George Washington. Steuben therefore got the chance to fight for America's independence and pave the way for LGBTQ rights.

Image description: Oil painting: Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben by Charles Willson Peale. Steuben is sat facing the artist and dressed in gold and black military uniform. He has a serious expression on his face.

  that 36 Craven Street is Benjamin Franklin’s only remaining home?!His Philadelphian house, built in 1763 and lived in ...
30/06/2023

that 36 Craven Street is Benjamin Franklin’s only remaining home?!

His Philadelphian house, built in 1763 and lived in during the last five years of his life, no longer exists! All that is left is a Historical Marker, erected in 1990.



Image description: a cropped photo of 36 Craven Streets façade. The ground and first floor are visible, as is the metal plaque to signify that Benjamin Franklin lived here.

  in 1767, The Commissioners of Customs Act was passed, creating a new Customs Board in The Colonies to increase the enf...
29/06/2023

in 1767, The Commissioners of Customs Act was passed, creating a new Customs Board in The Colonies to increase the enforcement of shipping regulations and tax collection. The resulting confrontation and presence of British troops in Boston led to the Boston Massacre. ⁠

Image description: Coat of Arms of Great Britain from 1714 to 1801 with crest, supporters and motto.

"Love your Neighbour; yet don’t pull down your Hedge" - Poor Richard Improved (1749)⁠⁠   ⁠⁠Image description: Above quot...
28/06/2023

"Love your Neighbour; yet don’t pull down your Hedge" - Poor Richard Improved (1749)⁠



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 attending the   this weekend?Fun fact: Before baseball became America's National Pastime, cricket held the title...
23/06/2023

Are you attending the this weekend?

Fun fact: Before baseball became America's National Pastime, cricket held the title. And that Benjamin Franklin was responsible for bringing the first copy of cricket's official rule book to the colonies?

While those days may be long gone, we can only imagine that Franklin would be a big fan of cricket’s modern cousin.

As the London Stadium gears up for the big game, we can't help but wonder which team Franklin would root for: the Cardinals or the Cubs? Check out our verdict: bit.ly/3PsbQ6r

Image description: a statue of Benjamin Franklin on a plinth. He has been photoshopped to wear a light blue baseball cap and to hold a baseball bat in his left hand. Next to this is a baseball. The MLB logo is featured to the side of image.

Happy  !"Melody and Harmony are separately agreeable, and in Union delightful" - Letter to Lord Kames (1765)  Image desc...
21/06/2023

Happy !

"Melody and Harmony are separately agreeable, and in Union delightful" - Letter to Lord Kames (1765)



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.

Today we commemorate Juneteenth, a day that marks the end of slavery in the United States. Whilst we celebrate this impo...
19/06/2023

Today we commemorate Juneteenth, a day that marks the end of slavery in the United States. Whilst we celebrate this important milestone in the nation's history, we also acknowledge the painful legacy of slavery and impact on society.

As we reflect on this day, it is worth noting that Benjamin Franklin had a connection to slavery. While he was an abolitionist later in life, he had previously been a slave owner, including during his time in London. Please take some time to read about this via our website: https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/education/benjamin-franklin-and-slavery/

Today is a reminder that, though we have progressed since the 18th century, the fight for freedom and equality is ongoing, and work must continue towards a more just society for all.



Image description: A graphic of red, yellow and green shapes surrounding a central type that reads 'Juneteenth, Freedom Day'

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No plans this Wednesday? Head over to Benjamin Franklin House Franklin House in London to view Catherine Suleiman's exhibition with Frieze London X House of The Young Romantics.

Suleiman will be exhibiting '21 Years,' a body of work created earlier this year whilst in Florence as an RSA John Kinross Scholar. This painting was inspired by her visit to Damien Hirst’s exhibition 'Archaeology Now' at the Galleria Borghese in Rome. Catherine was stimulated by the thrill of the contrast between Rome and Florence.

For more info & tickets: http://ow.ly/EOQL50Gpp18

Image: Catherine Suleiman '21 Years. My soul grew strong and I continue on.' 2021, Watercolour 40x30cm.
On Friday, join historian Annette Gordon-Reed (author of 'On Juneteenth' and the Pulitzer Prize–winning 'The Hemingses of Monticello') as she leads a panel discussion (including our own director of Community Initiatives, Justin Reid) about the importance of oral histories in understanding how individuals and communities experienced the forces of history.

Registration for this free online event is required: https://loom.ly/Vbba7x0

Part of the week-long Transatlantic Slavery Symposium, co-hosted by the Benjamin Franklin House, George Washington's Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
There's still time to sign up for the virtual Transatlantic Slavery Symposium, August 9 - 13!

Hosted by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, the Benjamin Franklin House, and The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, this symposium aims to bring together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to address the lasting impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Free, but registration required. Follow the link to learn more.
Join us August 9 - 13 for a virtual Transatlantic Slavery Symposium.

Hosted by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the Benjamin Franklin House, and The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at George Washington's Mount Vernon, this symposium aims to bring together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to address the lasting impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Free, but registration required. Follow the link to learn more.
Join us August 9 - 13 for a virtual Transatlantic Slavery Symposium.

Hosted by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, the Benjamin Franklin House, and The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, this symposium aims to bring together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to address the lasting impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Free, but registration required. Follow the link to learn more.
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.
Schools can join us at ⚡Science on Stage⚡, our livestream event on 26 May in partnership with the Benjamin Franklin House. Upper Key Stage 2 children will discover how the work of scientists like Franklin arose from a spirit of curiosity about the world.

Find out more: https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/event/science-on-stage/
Want to learn more about Franklin portraits? Next Thursday, 5/20, former APS The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellow Janine Boldt along with George Boudreau will be giving a virtual talk for the Benjamin Franklin House—Learn more here: https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/event/franklin-in-portraits-charles-willson-peale-after-david-martin/
If you would like a daily bit of Franklin's wit and wisdom, follow his page, "Benjamin Franklin Lives!

https://www.facebook.com/theHouseonMarketStreet
Our free app includes interactive children’s activities for teachers planning virtual spring field trips and families looking for fun and educational activities to do together over spring break. Learn more about resources available on the app from Benjamin Franklin House, Central Park, and more via Techwalla: https://bit.ly/2QFIJQM
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