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.

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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This week marks #NationalNewspaperWeek 📰 🗞️And #DidYouKnow that Benjamin Franklin started his career as a printer?!His b...
08/10/2021

This week marks #NationalNewspaperWeek 📰 🗞️
And #DidYouKnow that Benjamin Franklin started his career as a printer?!
His brother James founded the second newspaper in America, The New England Courant and Franklin became his apprentice.
In 1729, Ben purchased the Pennsylvania Gazette which later became the most popular newspaper in the colony 😲
Even though, Franklin retired from printing by the time he come to London in 1757, this didn't stop him from creating a spoof newspaper, The Craven Street Gazette which details Franklin’s daily life in our house!!

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: Picture of The Pennsylvania Gazette from May 9, 1754.

This week marks #NationalNewspaperWeek 📰 🗞️
And #DidYouKnow that Benjamin Franklin started his career as a printer?!
His brother James founded the second newspaper in America, The New England Courant and Franklin became his apprentice.
In 1729, Ben purchased the Pennsylvania Gazette which later became the most popular newspaper in the colony 😲
Even though, Franklin retired from printing by the time he come to London in 1757, this didn't stop him from creating a spoof newspaper, The Craven Street Gazette which details Franklin’s daily life in our house!!

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: Picture of The Pennsylvania Gazette from May 9, 1754.

Ever thought about how the first permanent British settlers in North America felt? Time for your children to let their i...
07/10/2021

Ever thought about how the first permanent British settlers in North America felt? Time for your children to let their imaginations run wild as they travel back to the 17th century and write their own diary entries ✍️
We'll also be going waaay back to find out how Christopher Columbus 'discovered' North America in 1492...

Join us a week today (14.10) at 4:30pm BST.

Find out more and grab your place here: https://bit.ly/2Yw0zKh

Image description: A brown background with title: Live History Classes for Kids! The British in America. Central is a coloured picture of the artwork, Members of the Virginia Company landing on the shores of Virginia to establish the Jamestown Colony. From The Story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith, by E. Boyd Smith, 1906. Bottom centre reads: Free Virtual Classes with Benjamin Franklin House logo.

Ever thought about how the first permanent British settlers in North America felt? Time for your children to let their imaginations run wild as they travel back to the 17th century and write their own diary entries ✍️
We'll also be going waaay back to find out how Christopher Columbus 'discovered' North America in 1492...

Join us a week today (14.10) at 4:30pm BST.

Find out more and grab your place here: https://bit.ly/2Yw0zKh

Image description: A brown background with title: Live History Classes for Kids! The British in America. Central is a coloured picture of the artwork, Members of the Virginia Company landing on the shores of Virginia to establish the Jamestown Colony. From The Story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith, by E. Boyd Smith, 1906. Bottom centre reads: Free Virtual Classes with Benjamin Franklin House logo.

"In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride...for, even if I could conceiv...
06/10/2021

"In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride...for, even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility." - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791)⁠

#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.⁠

"In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride...for, even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility." - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791)⁠

#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.⁠

Zoom fatigue? We have great news for you!This months⁠ Ben’s Book Club has in-person tickets available. So come to Benjam...
02/10/2021

Zoom fatigue? We have great news for you!
This months⁠ Ben’s Book Club has in-person tickets available. So come to Benjamin Franklin House for a drink and to hear the incredible S.I. Martin talk about his book, Incomparable World.

Spaces are limited so book your place now: bit.ly/2XEOMbK

Image description: Black background with large image of the Incomparable World book font cover. Below in cream reads, 26 October | 5pm BST.

Zoom fatigue? We have great news for you!
This months⁠ Ben’s Book Club has in-person tickets available. So come to Benjamin Franklin House for a drink and to hear the incredible S.I. Martin talk about his book, Incomparable World.

Spaces are limited so book your place now: bit.ly/2XEOMbK

Image description: Black background with large image of the Incomparable World book font cover. Below in cream reads, 26 October | 5pm BST.

Hello October 🎃🍂⁠⁠It’s time to get planning for Halloween! Why not have some skele-fun (!) and join us on the 28 October...
01/10/2021

Hello October 🎃🍂⁠

It’s time to get planning for Halloween! Why not have some skele-fun (!) and join us on the 28 October from 5-8pm to discover why 1,200 bones were unearthed in our basement… ⁠

Don't be a lazybones and book your £10 place today: https://bit.ly/3kuY4A1⁠


Image description: Black background with faded picture of bones. White text that reads Museum Lates, CRAVEN STREET BONES, October 28 5-8pm, 36 Craven Street, £10, drinks and spooky nibbles included. Benjamin Franklin House logo in white is bottom centre. In four corners of square are spiders webs in white. ⁠

Hello October 🎃🍂⁠

It’s time to get planning for Halloween! Why not have some skele-fun (!) and join us on the 28 October from 5-8pm to discover why 1,200 bones were unearthed in our basement… ⁠

Don't be a lazybones and book your £10 place today: https://bit.ly/3kuY4A1⁠


Image description: Black background with faded picture of bones. White text that reads Museum Lates, CRAVEN STREET BONES, October 28 5-8pm, 36 Craven Street, £10, drinks and spooky nibbles included. Benjamin Franklin House logo in white is bottom centre. In four corners of square are spiders webs in white. ⁠

#DidYouKnow that Franklin has featured on the front of the $100 dollar bill since 1914?!The bills are therefore commonly...
01/10/2021

#DidYouKnow that Franklin has featured on the front of the $100 dollar bill since 1914?!
The bills are therefore commonly referred to as "Bens", "Benjamins", or "Franklins"!
The bill is only one of two denominations printed today that does not feature a president of the United States; the other is the $10 bill, featuring Alexander Hamilton.

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: a picture of the $100 dollar bill.

#DidYouKnow that Franklin has featured on the front of the $100 dollar bill since 1914?!
The bills are therefore commonly referred to as "Bens", "Benjamins", or "Franklins"!
The bill is only one of two denominations printed today that does not feature a president of the United States; the other is the $10 bill, featuring Alexander Hamilton.

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: a picture of the $100 dollar bill.

Only one month left to submit your entries!Send us your 1000-1500 word interpretation of the quote pictured and you coul...
30/09/2021

Only one month left to submit your entries!

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: a teal background with faded, large white quill. The Benjamin Franklin Logo is top centre above text: 'Literary Prize 2021. Must enter by 31 October'
Below, a dark purple text box contains 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.' Below this, text reads: 1000-1500 words, fiction or non-fiction. Must be 18-25 living in the UK. Total prize of £750 for the winner.

#YoungWriters #WritingInspiration #WritingContest

Only one month left to submit your entries!

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: a teal background with faded, large white quill. The Benjamin Franklin Logo is top centre above text: 'Literary Prize 2021. Must enter by 31 October'
Below, a dark purple text box contains 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.' Below this, text reads: 1000-1500 words, fiction or non-fiction. Must be 18-25 living in the UK. Total prize of £750 for the winner.

#YoungWriters #WritingInspiration #WritingContest

"Love your enemies, for they tell you all your faults" - Poor Richard's Almanack (1756)⁠⁠#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD⁠⁠Image D...
29/09/2021

"Love your enemies, for they tell you all your faults" - Poor Richard's Almanack (1756)⁠

#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.⁠

"Love your enemies, for they tell you all your faults" - Poor Richard's Almanack (1756)⁠

#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.⁠

#DidYouKnow that September is #ClassicalMusicMonth?And Benjamin Franklin himself was a keen lover of music, playing the ...
24/09/2021

#DidYouKnow that September is #ClassicalMusicMonth?And Benjamin Franklin himself was a keen lover of music, playing the guitar, harp, and viola da gamba 🎵 🎻

He also invented the Glass Armonica after seeing glasses of water being played. He said that, of all his inventions, it was this one that gave him "the most personal satisfaction". ⁠

We have an electronic version of the Armonica in the house (which we think would please Ben very much 🌩️) Come on a tour to hear it in action!

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image description: The Glass Armonica at Benjamin Franklin House. Clear glasses are stacked large to small in a cone formation with a wheel at the end. ⁠

#DidYouKnow that September is #ClassicalMusicMonth?And Benjamin Franklin himself was a keen lover of music, playing the guitar, harp, and viola da gamba 🎵 🎻

He also invented the Glass Armonica after seeing glasses of water being played. He said that, of all his inventions, it was this one that gave him "the most personal satisfaction". ⁠

We have an electronic version of the Armonica in the house (which we think would please Ben very much 🌩️) Come on a tour to hear it in action!

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image description: The Glass Armonica at Benjamin Franklin House. Clear glasses are stacked large to small in a cone formation with a wheel at the end. ⁠

We’re going hybrid!Join us in person or virtually as we welcome S. I. Martin to the house on 26 October! He will be read...
23/09/2021

We’re going hybrid!

Join us in person or virtually as we welcome S. I. Martin to the house on 26 October! He will be reading and discussing his book, Incomparable World, which showcases the untold stories of African-American soldiers grappling with their post-war freedom in 1780s London.

Find out more and book your place here: https://bit.ly/2XEOMbK

Image description: Ben's Book Club with S. I. Martin. Author photo of Martin beside book cover of Incomparable World.

We’re going hybrid!

Join us in person or virtually as we welcome S. I. Martin to the house on 26 October! He will be reading and discussing his book, Incomparable World, which showcases the untold stories of African-American soldiers grappling with their post-war freedom in 1780s London.

Find out more and book your place here: https://bit.ly/2XEOMbK

Image description: Ben's Book Club with S. I. Martin. Author photo of Martin beside book cover of Incomparable World.

"Speak little, do much" - Poor Richard's Almanack Improved (1755)#WednesdayWisdom #QOTDAbove quote beside a painted port...
22/09/2021

"Speak little, do much" - Poor Richard's Almanack Improved (1755)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

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.

"Speak little, do much" - Poor Richard's Almanack Improved (1755)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

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.

A very special #FranklinFactFriday today as it's Constitution Day 🥳 🇺🇸#OnThisDay in 1787, Benjamin Franklin and 38 other...
17/09/2021

A very special #FranklinFactFriday today as it's Constitution Day 🥳 🇺🇸

#OnThisDay in 1787, Benjamin Franklin and 38 other delegates signed the US Constitution.

Ben was the oldest delegate at 81 years old but that didn't stop him from making a big difference! Though we celebrate the day today, the delegates weren't too enthusiastic about signing and only did so after Franklin persuaded them that, despite it's faults, it was probably the best that they could come up with!

Image description: picture of Howard Chandler Christy's oil painting, Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States.

A very special #FranklinFactFriday today as it's Constitution Day 🥳 🇺🇸

#OnThisDay in 1787, Benjamin Franklin and 38 other delegates signed the US Constitution.

Ben was the oldest delegate at 81 years old but that didn't stop him from making a big difference! Though we celebrate the day today, the delegates weren't too enthusiastic about signing and only did so after Franklin persuaded them that, despite it's faults, it was probably the best that they could come up with!

Image description: picture of Howard Chandler Christy's oil painting, Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States.

"Anger is never without a Reason, but seldom with a good One" - Poor Richard's Almanack Improved (1753)⁠⁠#WednesdayWisdo...
15/09/2021

"Anger is never without a Reason, but seldom with a good One" - Poor Richard's Almanack Improved (1753)⁠

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD⁠

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.⁠

"Anger is never without a Reason, but seldom with a good One" - Poor Richard's Almanack Improved (1753)⁠

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD⁠

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.⁠

14/09/2021

For all you aspiring scientists aged 11-14, our free Science Club is for you!⁠
Join us in the house this Saturday from 10-11:30am BST where we will be getting hands on and exploring the physics of static electricity 🤩⁠

Sign me up! 👉 https://bit.ly/2VE0qmu⁠

Image description: animated static grey background with white Benjamin Franklin House logo centre bottom. At the top, black text reads: ready for a hair-raising experience?⁠

#STEM

#DidYouKnow Benjamin Franklin had an illegitimate son named William who came with him to London in 1757? However, their ...
10/09/2021

#DidYouKnow Benjamin Franklin had an illegitimate son named William who came with him to London in 1757? However, their relationship was damaged when Benjamin became a rebel and William took the side of the British, becoming leader of the loyalists. ⁠


#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image description: William and Benjamin portrayed in a black and white version of "Franklin’s Experiment” by Currier and Ives, 1876. Written below the image is 'Franklin's experiment, June 1752. Demonstrating the identity of Lighting and Electricity, from which he invented the lighting rod.'⁠

#DidYouKnow Benjamin Franklin had an illegitimate son named William who came with him to London in 1757? However, their relationship was damaged when Benjamin became a rebel and William took the side of the British, becoming leader of the loyalists. ⁠


#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image description: William and Benjamin portrayed in a black and white version of "Franklin’s Experiment” by Currier and Ives, 1876. Written below the image is 'Franklin's experiment, June 1752. Demonstrating the identity of Lighting and Electricity, from which he invented the lighting rod.'⁠

Join us next week for another Ben's Book Club! Andrew O'Shaughnessy will discuss his book, ‘The Illimitable Freedom of t...
09/09/2021

Join us next week for another Ben's Book Club! Andrew O'Shaughnessy will discuss his book, ‘The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind’, telling the story of how Jefferson developed his ideas for education in early America and how we still use these ideas today.

Register for free here: https://bit.ly/3BhsPOs
Wednesday 15th September, 5pm BST / 12pm ET⁠

Image description: Ben's Book Club with Andrew O'Shaughnessy. Author photo of O'Shaughnessy beside book cover of The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson's Idea of a University.

Join us next week for another Ben's Book Club! Andrew O'Shaughnessy will discuss his book, ‘The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind’, telling the story of how Jefferson developed his ideas for education in early America and how we still use these ideas today.

Register for free here: https://bit.ly/3BhsPOs
Wednesday 15th September, 5pm BST / 12pm ET⁠

Image description: Ben's Book Club with Andrew O'Shaughnessy. Author photo of O'Shaughnessy beside book cover of The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson's Idea of a University.

"There never was a good War, or a bad Peace" - A letter from Benjamin Franklin to Josiah Quincy (1783)#WednesdayWisdom #...
08/09/2021

"There never was a good War, or a bad Peace" - A letter from Benjamin Franklin to Josiah Quincy (1783)
#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.

"There never was a good War, or a bad Peace" - A letter from Benjamin Franklin to Josiah Quincy (1783)
#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.

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.
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🎉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/
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