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 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.

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Franklin’s Young Inventors is coming up again, register now for class on Saturday 14 November, 11.30am GMT. Our weekly s...
12/11/2020

Franklin’s Young Inventors is coming up again, register now for class on Saturday 14 November, 11.30am GMT. Our weekly science club is for aspiring scientists in Key Stage 3 (US Grade 6-8) but all ages welcome!

Register: bit.ly/BFHFYI

This week we'll be covering the core biology topic, Balanced Diet. If you would like to create your own eat well plate or balanced meal dairy, you can download the templates from our website at the link above. If you would like to recreate the investigation into the effects of different foods on our teeth, you will need the following items: 3 eggs, 3 cups, water, coffee, vinegar, coca cola.

See all our upcoming virtual events here: bit.ly/BFHEvents

Join us tomorrow at 5pm GMT/ 12pm ET for a conversation with Amanda Foreman about her book 'A World on Fire', in which s...
10/11/2020

Join us tomorrow at 5pm GMT/ 12pm ET for a conversation with Amanda Foreman about her book 'A World on Fire', in which she tells the story of Britain's crucial role in the American civil war

Register here: https://bit.ly/38Hv5nl

#MuseumFromHome #History #BensBookClub

09/11/2020
Washington, Franklin, and the British

George Goodwin will discuss his latest research on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the intelligence networks that shaped the War for Independence. Goodwin wrote the book Benjamin Franklin in London and is currently the Author in Residence at the Benjamin Franklin House in London. This event is co-sponsored by George Washington's Mount Vernon

Join us tomorrow at 5pm GMT/12pm ET for a collaboration with George Washington's Mount Vernon! House author in residence...
08/11/2020

Join us tomorrow at 5pm GMT/12pm ET for a collaboration with George Washington's Mount Vernon!

House author in residence George Goodwin will speak about his new research on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the intelligence networks that shaped the War for Independence.

Watch live on our socials!

#DidYouKnow the term 'Founding Fathers' is only a little over 100 years old. It is credited to Warren G. Harding (pictur...
06/11/2020

#DidYouKnow the term 'Founding Fathers' is only a little over 100 years old. It is credited to Warren G. Harding (pictured), at the time soon-to-be President, in 1916. Franklin was the oldest by far, aged 70 by 4th July 1776, compared to the youngest Founding Father, 21 year old Alexander Hamilton.

#FranklinFactFriday

Join us next week for the November edition of Ben's Book Club, featuring renowned biographer Dr Amanda Foreman. We will ...
05/11/2020

Join us next week for the November edition of Ben's Book Club, featuring renowned biographer Dr Amanda Foreman. We will be discussing her brilliant narrative, ‘A World on Fire’, in which she tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War – and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle.

Wed 11 Nov, 5pm GMT / 12pm EST
Register here: bit.ly/BFH_BookClub

Join us even if you don’t have a chance to read the book by the event date!

See all our upcoming virtual events here: bit.ly/BFHEvents

“When you’re good to others, you’re best to yourself.”- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1748#WednesdayWisdom
04/11/2020

“When you’re good to others, you’re best to yourself.”
- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1748

#WednesdayWisdom

In line with the government announcement of a national lockdown, Benjamin Franklin House will be closed to the public fr...
03/11/2020

In line with the government announcement of a national lockdown, Benjamin Franklin House will be closed to the public from Thursday 5th November through Wednesday 2nd December. If you have booked a ticket to visit us during November we will be in touch to reschedule your visit.

There’s still time to register for our next virtual instalment of Franklin’s Young Inventors science club today at 4.30p...
03/11/2020

There’s still time to register for our next virtual instalment of Franklin’s Young Inventors science club today at 4.30pm BST/ 11.30am EST! This week we’re looking at sound, inspired by Franklin's glass armonica: https://bit.ly/2HZhkFa

Generously supported by U.S. Embassy London

03/11/2020

George Goodwin will discuss his latest research on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the intelligence networks that shaped the War for Independence. Goodwin wrote the book Benjamin Franklin in London and is currently the Author in Residence at the Benjamin Franklin House in London. This event is co-sponsored by George Washington's Mount Vernon

Happy #Halloween from the Benjamin Franklin House team! We hope you have a spooktastic day! 👻🎃
31/10/2020

Happy #Halloween from the Benjamin Franklin House team! We hope you have a spooktastic day! 👻🎃

Happy Halloween! 🎃 #DidYouKnow During Franklin's time, Halloween was yet to be celebrated as it is today, and was often ...
31/10/2020

Happy Halloween! 🎃 #DidYouKnow During Franklin's time, Halloween was yet to be celebrated as it is today, and was often referenced in literature as a code word for scam, a time when tricksters and frauds could cheat the public.

The first American (or American-colonial) opera, 'The Disappointment' written in 1767, exemplified the cultural mood to Halloween as a hoax or scam. The play follows a group of Pennsylvanians led on to believe they are on a hunt for pirate treasure, by a con man with a magic divining rod "cut on All Hallow's Eve, at twelve o'clock at night". The references to Halloween clued the audience in that these characters were so gullible they'd believe anything. Ironically, 'The Disappointment' was never performed in writer Andrew Barton's lifetime. The satire was deemed to hit too close to home, as a short explanatory note in the Pennsylvania Gazette announced, the play's “personal reflections” rendered it “unfit for the stage.” It was finally performed more than 200 years later in 1976 at the Library of Congress.

Image: John Street Theatre, sometimes called "the Birthplace of American Theatre". It also dates back to 1767, becoming the first permanent theatre in Manhattan.

#Halloween

#DidYouKnow Franklin may never have been President of the US, but he was President of...✅ Academy and College of Philade...
30/10/2020

#DidYouKnow Franklin may never have been President of the US, but he was President of...

✅ Academy and College of Philadelphia, later the University of Philadelphia (1749-55)
✅ American Philosophical Society (1769-1790, Franklin's death)
✅ Pennsylvania, the role now called Governor (1785-88)
✅ Pennsylvania Abolition Society (1787-1790)

#FranklinFactFriday

Image: College and Academy of Philadelphia (c. 1780) by Pierre Du Simitière

Benjamin Franklin House's cover photo
29/10/2020

Benjamin Franklin House's cover photo

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”-Letter to Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London, July ...
28/10/2020

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
-Letter to Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London, July 1783

#WednesdayWisdom

There is still time to register for the October edition of Ben's Book Club! This month, author Wendy Moore will be discu...
28/10/2020

There is still time to register for the October edition of Ben's Book Club!

This month, author Wendy Moore will be discussing her first book, The Knife Man, about 18th century surgeon John Hunter 🔪

Perfect way to get into the #Halloween spooky season!

Join us today at 5pm GMT/ 1pm EDT: http://ow.ly/4nvo50C4N3l

Join us tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm BST for our #Spooky Virtual Family Day! Learn about the history of #Halloween, hear...
26/10/2020

Join us tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm BST for our #Spooky Virtual Family Day! Learn about the history of #Halloween, hear a spooky tale, and find out how to make some ghoulishly good decorations. More info here: http://ow.ly/TPTZ50C30eG

Coming up next Monday is our virtual US Presidential Debate, the day before the election itself. Veteran pollster Sir Ro...
26/10/2020

Coming up next Monday is our virtual US Presidential Debate, the day before the election itself. Veteran pollster Sir Robert Worcester will ask Greg Swenson (Republicans Overseas) and Bill Barnard (Democrats Abroad) why each believes their candidate is best placed to lead the United States over the next four years.

Monday 2 November - 7pm GMT / 2pm EST
Find out more and register: bit.ly/BFHDebate

In partnership with The Eccles Centre for American Studies at The British Library

Aged 18-25 and living in the UK? There's just one week left to submit to our Literary Prize to be in with a chance of wi...
24/10/2020

Aged 18-25 and living in the UK? There's just one week left to submit to our Literary Prize to be in with a chance of winning £750, so here's a quick reminder of all the info you need ➡️

Submit your entry here: bit.ly/BFHLitPrize ✒️

#DidYouKnow Benjamin Franklin wrote lots about the benefits of waking up early, so much so that the book 'Early Rising: ...
23/10/2020

#DidYouKnow Benjamin Franklin wrote lots about the benefits of waking up early, so much so that the book 'Early Rising: A Natural, Social, and Religious Duty' was published posthumously in 1855. It is sometimes reprinted in modern editions with the title 'Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise', the popular quote, originally from his Poor Richard's Almanack in 1735.

This image shows Franklin's daily schedule, or "scheme of employment", as he calls it in his Autobiography.

#FranklinFactFriday

Join us this Saturday for another Franklin's Young Inventors! This week's virtual science club is all about energy trans...
22/10/2020

Join us this Saturday for another Franklin's Young Inventors! This week's virtual science club is all about energy transfer. We'll be looking at the experiments carried out by Benjamin Franklin and his British friends as well as trying out our own practical investigations.

Register here: bit.ly/BFH_FYI
Most suitable for Years 7-9 (US Grades 6-8) but all ages welcome!

If you would like to recreate the simple heat transfer investigation at home, you will need the following items: a metal spoon, a plastic spoon, a wooden spoon, 3 cups, a kettle, water, butter.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  - On Protection of Towns from Fire, Printed in The Pennsylvania Gaze...
21/10/2020

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” - On Protection of Towns from Fire, Printed in The Pennsylvania Gazette, February 4, 1735

There is still time to register for the October edition of Ben's Book Club! Join us for a discussion on October 28th at ...
19/10/2020

There is still time to register for the October edition of Ben's Book Club!

Join us for a discussion on October 28th at 5pm BST/12pm EDT with author Wendy Moore about her book 'The Knife Man' 🔪
all about the life of famous 18th century surgeon John Hunter.

More details here: http://ow.ly/oUZM50BWquB

#DidYouKnow Benjamin Franklin offered to pay damages for the Boston Tea Party? He was a tea lover who repeatedly stated ...
16/10/2020

#DidYouKnow Benjamin Franklin offered to pay damages for the Boston Tea Party? He was a tea lover who repeatedly stated the benefits of tea in his works, such as Poor Richard's Almanack. Following the protest, he wrote to many people expressing his disagreement. In a letter to his son William Franklin, he stated that “Britain had a right to reparation” and even offered to pay for the damage himself.

From Benjamin Franklin to William Franklin: Journal of Negotiations in London, 22 March 1775
Read more: bit.ly/NegotiationLetters

#FranklinFactFriday

Image: Engraving by E. Newberry, 1789. Published as a plate in 'Boston Tea Party in The History of North America' by W.D. Cooper. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Better slip with foot than tongue.” - Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1734#WednesdayWisdom
14/10/2020

“Better slip with foot than tongue.”
- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1734
#WednesdayWisdom

We are so grateful to announce that we are a recipient of the #CultureRecoveryFund!  In this difficult time, this lifeli...
14/10/2020

We are so grateful to announce that we are a recipient of the #CultureRecoveryFund! In this difficult time, this lifeline will allow us to continue our mission to bring history and innovation to life at the world's only surviving Franklin home. #HereForCulture

There’s still time to register for our next virtual Franklin’s Young Inventors science club today at 4.30pm BST/ 11.30am...
13/10/2020

There’s still time to register for our next virtual Franklin’s Young Inventors science club today at 4.30pm BST/ 11.30am EDT! This week we’re looking at fuels and costs, inspired by Franklin’s fuel-efficient stove: https://bit.ly/3nMMakM

Generously supported by U.S. Embassy London!

3 weeks left to enter our #LiteraryPrize! The quote for the 2020 competition is: ‘Glass, China, and Reputation, are easi...
10/10/2020

3 weeks left to enter our #LiteraryPrize!

The quote for the 2020 competition is: ‘Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended’ (Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1750)

Find out more: bit.ly/BFHLitPrize

#DidYouKnow that Benjamin Franklin was part of a special club called the Lunar Society? Founded in 1765, their members w...
09/10/2020

#DidYouKnow that Benjamin Franklin was part of a special club called the Lunar Society? Founded in 1765, their members would eat, drink, and debate the issues of the day. Other members included Josiah Wedgewood, Joseph Priestley, and Erasmus Darwin.
#FranklinFactFriday

Join us Tuesday October 13th at 1pm BST/ 7am EDT for our Annual Robert H Smith Family Foundation Lecture in American Dem...
08/10/2020

Join us Tuesday October 13th at 1pm BST/ 7am EDT for our Annual Robert H Smith Family Foundation Lecture in American Democracy in partnership with the The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE Department of Government.

This year, Lord Charles Falconer - Barrister and Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s London office and Shadow Attorney General for the Labour Party - will be discussing Democracy and the Supreme Court: Judges and the Politicians.

Register here: http://bit.ly/30suCjY

"What you seem to be, be really." - Poor Richard's Almanack, 1744 #WednesdayWisdom
07/10/2020

"What you seem to be, be really." - Poor Richard's Almanack, 1744
#WednesdayWisdom

For the October edition of Ben's Book Club, we'll be looking at a spookier theme 🔪! Author Wendy Moore will be discussin...
07/10/2020

For the October edition of Ben's Book Club, we'll be looking at a spookier theme 🔪!

Author Wendy Moore will be discussing her book 'The Knife Man' on 18th century surgeon John Hunter. This celebrated anatomist was a contemporary of Dr William Hewson, a fellow resident of 36 Craven Street during Benjamin Franklin’s stay, who ran a private anatomy school from the garden. Both were trained by John’s elder brother William. In later years John advised Franklin on his health.

Register here to join October 28th at 5pm BST/12pm EDT: http://ow.ly/Vbux50BLOg5

Happy #WorldTeacherDay! For the hardworking teachers we know, we wanted to share all of our #free online resources cente...
05/10/2020

Happy #WorldTeacherDay!

For the hardworking teachers we know, we wanted to share all of our #free online resources centered around Benjamin Franklin and his scientific discoveries. We hope this makes this uncertain time a little easier: http://ow.ly/OTKO50BJVAF

#ScienceEd

It's a rainy Sunday here in London! Benjamin Franklin would have seen his fair share of rain when he lived at 36 Craven ...
04/10/2020

It's a rainy Sunday here in London! Benjamin Franklin would have seen his fair share of rain when he lived at 36 Craven Street. In fact, studying rain led to many of his scientific observations, including the earth's water cycle!

He wrote to many of his British Friends, including Dr Joseph Priestley and Dr John Pringle about his many observations of air, water and electricity.

We are very excited to be resuming (safely!) our core offering, the Historical Experience, this weekend! We are still on...
03/10/2020

We are very excited to be resuming (safely!) our core offering, the Historical Experience, this weekend!

We are still only open Friday to Sunday, but you can now join us for our historical show Saturdays and Sundays.

Follow the link to buy tickets: http://ow.ly/xBze50BIu3m

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.

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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 ______________________
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