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 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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Announcing the Literary Prize 2021! Our annual competition is open to young writers aged 18-25, exploring the relevance ...
01/05/2021

Announcing the Literary Prize 2021! Our annual competition is open to young writers aged 18-25, exploring the relevance of a Franklin quote in our time. The competition is open until 31 October 2021 so you have plenty of time to enter!

Find out more: bit.ly/BFHLitPrize

#DidYouKnow the Franklin Gothic font, designed in 1902 for newspaper headlines and billboards, was named in honour of th...
30/04/2021

#DidYouKnow the Franklin Gothic font, designed in 1902 for newspaper headlines and billboards, was named in honour of the prolific printer Benjamin Franklin. 'Gothic' was the contemporary term for sans serif. ⁠

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image description: Text in Franklin Gothic font, which is bold and sans serif. It reads "Franklin Gothic" followed by the alphabet in lower case and upper case. ⁠

#DidYouKnow the Franklin Gothic font, designed in 1902 for newspaper headlines and billboards, was named in honour of the prolific printer Benjamin Franklin. 'Gothic' was the contemporary term for sans serif. ⁠

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Image description: Text in Franklin Gothic font, which is bold and sans serif. It reads "Franklin Gothic" followed by the alphabet in lower case and upper case. ⁠

30/04/2021
London History Podcast

Our London History Podcast episode is out now! Join Hazel from
London Guided Walks and Dr. Márcia Balisciano, our Founding Director, discussing the life of Benjamin Franklin in London.

Listen here: http://cstu.io/f9d782
#Podcast #History

"Let thy vices die before thee." - Poor Richard's Almanac (1738)#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD
28/04/2021

"Let thy vices die before thee." - Poor Richard's Almanac (1738)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

"Let thy vices die before thee." - Poor Richard's Almanac (1738)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

In Thursday's #Science Club, learn all about electric currents and how to make an electromagnet ⚡ Most suitable for KS3 ...
27/04/2021

In Thursday's #Science Club, learn all about electric currents and how to make an electromagnet ⚡ Most suitable for KS3 (11-14) but all ages welcome!

Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents
Tues 27 Apr, 4:30pm BST / 11:30am ET

If you would like to create an electromagnet at home after the class, you will need the following items: a nail (made of iron or steel and at least 5cm long), a battery and insulated copper wire (available online or in most hardware stores).

#MuseumFromHome thanks to US Embassy in London
#KidsActivities #HomeSchool

Image description: Banner reading 'Franklin's Young Inventors- Free virtual science club for kids, Tues 27 April' beside a photo of a simple electric circuit and a photo of the mini Tesla coil at Benjamin Franklin House.

In Thursday's #Science Club, learn all about electric currents and how to make an electromagnet ⚡ Most suitable for KS3 (11-14) but all ages welcome!

Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents
Tues 27 Apr, 4:30pm BST / 11:30am ET

If you would like to create an electromagnet at home after the class, you will need the following items: a nail (made of iron or steel and at least 5cm long), a battery and insulated copper wire (available online or in most hardware stores).

#MuseumFromHome thanks to US Embassy in London
#KidsActivities #HomeSchool

Image description: Banner reading 'Franklin's Young Inventors- Free virtual science club for kids, Tues 27 April' beside a photo of a simple electric circuit and a photo of the mini Tesla coil at Benjamin Franklin House.

This Wednesday, we're hosting the first House Talk of 2021! These delve into the life of Franklin, his years in London, ...
26/04/2021

This Wednesday, we're hosting the first House Talk of 2021! These delve into the life of Franklin, his years in London, and the friends he made here.

Wednesday 28 April, 5pm BST / 12pm ET
Register free here: bit.ly/BFHEvents

Benjamin Franklin House Director, Dr. Márcia Balisciano, will kick things off with a talk on Franklin the diplomat. While he is more often remembered as an author, scientist, and inventor, she will argue that his role as a diplomat was among his most important and lasting contributions. She will trace the beginnings of his diplomatic career in Philadelphia, to his presiding over the first de facto American embassy at 36 Craven Street, before leading at the French Court and building consensus, toward the end of his life, at the Constitutional Convention.

#MuseumFromHome #History #BenjaminFranklin

This Wednesday, we're hosting the first House Talk of 2021! These delve into the life of Franklin, his years in London, and the friends he made here.

Wednesday 28 April, 5pm BST / 12pm ET
Register free here: bit.ly/BFHEvents

Benjamin Franklin House Director, Dr. Márcia Balisciano, will kick things off with a talk on Franklin the diplomat. While he is more often remembered as an author, scientist, and inventor, she will argue that his role as a diplomat was among his most important and lasting contributions. She will trace the beginnings of his diplomatic career in Philadelphia, to his presiding over the first de facto American embassy at 36 Craven Street, before leading at the French Court and building consensus, toward the end of his life, at the Constitutional Convention.

#MuseumFromHome #History #BenjaminFranklin

#DidYouKnow despite only receiving two years of formal education, Franklin was sometimes addressed as ‘Dr. Franklin’ due...
23/04/2021

#DidYouKnow despite only receiving two years of formal education, Franklin was sometimes addressed as ‘Dr. Franklin’ due to receiving honorary doctorates from the prestigious universities of Oxford and St. Andrews.

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: St Andrews university in Scotland. A square courtyard of grass is surrounded by a paved path and buildings on three sides. They are two-storey stone buildings with a symmetrical pattern of square windows.

#BenjaminFranklinHouse

#DidYouKnow despite only receiving two years of formal education, Franklin was sometimes addressed as ‘Dr. Franklin’ due to receiving honorary doctorates from the prestigious universities of Oxford and St. Andrews.

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: St Andrews university in Scotland. A square courtyard of grass is surrounded by a paved path and buildings on three sides. They are two-storey stone buildings with a symmetrical pattern of square windows.

#BenjaminFranklinHouse

#Science Club is back on Saturday! This week's class we'll be experimenting with static electricity ⚡ Most suitable for ...
22/04/2021

#Science Club is back on Saturday! This week's class we'll be experimenting with static electricity ⚡ Most suitable for KS3 (11-14) but all ages welcome

Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents
Sat 24 Apr, 11:30am BST

If you would like to recreate the simple static electricity experiments at home, you will need the following items: a balloon (or an empty plastic bottle), a straw, a tap, washing up liquid and a smooth surface.

#KidsActivities #HomeSchool
#MuseumFromHome thanks to US Embassy in London

Image description: Banner reading 'Franklin's Young Inventors- Free virtual science club for kids, Sat 24 April' beside a photo of hair being drawn to a balloon with static electricity and experiment equipment.

#Science Club is back on Saturday! This week's class we'll be experimenting with static electricity ⚡ Most suitable for KS3 (11-14) but all ages welcome

Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents
Sat 24 Apr, 11:30am BST

If you would like to recreate the simple static electricity experiments at home, you will need the following items: a balloon (or an empty plastic bottle), a straw, a tap, washing up liquid and a smooth surface.

#KidsActivities #HomeSchool
#MuseumFromHome thanks to US Embassy in London

Image description: Banner reading 'Franklin's Young Inventors- Free virtual science club for kids, Sat 24 April' beside a photo of hair being drawn to a balloon with static electricity and experiment equipment.

"Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones." - Poor Richard's Almanac (1738)#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD
21/04/2021

"Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones." - Poor Richard's Almanac (1738)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

"Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones." - Poor Richard's Almanac (1738)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

#History Class is back this Thursday! We'll be exploring Georgian education and etiquette 🏫 Most suitable for KS2/KS3 (U...
20/04/2021

#History Class is back this Thursday! We'll be exploring Georgian education and etiquette 🏫 Most suitable for KS2/KS3 (US Grades 2-8)

Thu 22 Apr, 4:30pm BST/11:30am ET
Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents

Image description: The Schoolmaster's Return (1825 etching) which shows a group of Georgian schoolboys misbehaving, throwing things, tipping furniture. In the corner, the schoolmaster returns through the door looking in at the chaos.
Credit: Lewis Walpole Library

#History Class is back this Thursday! We'll be exploring Georgian education and etiquette 🏫 Most suitable for KS2/KS3 (US Grades 2-8)

Thu 22 Apr, 4:30pm BST/11:30am ET
Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents

Image description: The Schoolmaster's Return (1825 etching) which shows a group of Georgian schoolboys misbehaving, throwing things, tipping furniture. In the corner, the schoolmaster returns through the door looking in at the chaos.
Credit: Lewis Walpole Library

This Wednesday, join Professor Christer Petley for a talk on his book 'White Fury', which tells the story of sugar plant...
19/04/2021

This Wednesday, join Professor Christer Petley for a talk on his book 'White Fury', which tells the story of sugar planter Simon Taylor, one of the wealthiest and most influential slaveholders of the 18th century British empire.

Petley's book details the importance of sugar and slavery to the eighteenth-century empire, the rise of the Caribbean planter class, and the struggle over the future of slavery that took place during the Age of Revolution.

Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents
Wed 21 Apr, 5pm BST / 12pm ET

#AuthorTalk #History #MuseumFromHome

This Wednesday, join Professor Christer Petley for a talk on his book 'White Fury', which tells the story of sugar planter Simon Taylor, one of the wealthiest and most influential slaveholders of the 18th century British empire.

Petley's book details the importance of sugar and slavery to the eighteenth-century empire, the rise of the Caribbean planter class, and the struggle over the future of slavery that took place during the Age of Revolution.

Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents
Wed 21 Apr, 5pm BST / 12pm ET

#AuthorTalk #History #MuseumFromHome

#DidYouKnow Franklin’s grandmother Mary Morell Folger was among the first groups of Pilgrims that sailed to America to e...
16/04/2021

#DidYouKnow Franklin’s grandmother Mary Morell Folger was among the first groups of Pilgrims that sailed to America to escape religious persecution, arriving in Massachusetts in the 1630's. There, she settled on the island on Nantucket and married fellow English immigrant, Peter Folger. Her youngest daughter, Abiah, was Franklin's mother.

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: The grey stone monument to Founding Women of Nantucket, which lists '1620-1704, Mary Morrell Folger' among its names.

#DidYouKnow Franklin’s grandmother Mary Morell Folger was among the first groups of Pilgrims that sailed to America to escape religious persecution, arriving in Massachusetts in the 1630's. There, she settled on the island on Nantucket and married fellow English immigrant, Peter Folger. Her youngest daughter, Abiah, was Franklin's mother.

#FranklinFactFriday

Image description: The grey stone monument to Founding Women of Nantucket, which lists '1620-1704, Mary Morrell Folger' among its names.

"Indulgent Nature to each kind bestows, A secret Instinct to discern its Foes" - Poor Richard's Almanac (1737)#Wednesday...
14/04/2021

"Indulgent Nature to each kind bestows, A secret Instinct to discern its Foes" - Poor Richard's Almanac (1737)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

"Indulgent Nature to each kind bestows, A secret Instinct to discern its Foes" - Poor Richard's Almanac (1737)

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

Join us for the second in a series of talks about Franklin’s most famous portraits over the years, to accompany our virt...
12/04/2021

Join us for the second in a series of talks about Franklin’s most famous portraits over the years, to accompany our virtual exhibition. This portrait, painted after Franklin’s death in 1790, commemorates his famous kite and key experiment and the invention of the lightning rod.

Hear the full story of this famous artwork from Dr George Boudreau, cultural historian of early Anglo-America, in conversation with Dr Carol Eaton Soltis, Project Associate Curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Department of American Art. ⁠

Thursday 15 April, 5pm BST / 12pm ET⁠
Register free here: bit.ly/BFHEvents⁠

Find the exhibition on the free Bloomberg Connects app.⁠

Join us for the second in a series of talks about Franklin’s most famous portraits over the years, to accompany our virtual exhibition. This portrait, painted after Franklin’s death in 1790, commemorates his famous kite and key experiment and the invention of the lightning rod.

Hear the full story of this famous artwork from Dr George Boudreau, cultural historian of early Anglo-America, in conversation with Dr Carol Eaton Soltis, Project Associate Curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Department of American Art. ⁠

Thursday 15 April, 5pm BST / 12pm ET⁠
Register free here: bit.ly/BFHEvents⁠

Find the exhibition on the free Bloomberg Connects app.⁠

#DidYouKnow Franklin would often stay at the Moravian Sun Inn in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, which was built as somewhere fo...
09/04/2021

#DidYouKnow Franklin would often stay at the Moravian Sun Inn in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, which was built as somewhere for non-Moravian merchants to stay while doing business there. Franklin would print books produced by the Moravian community; one of the oldest established Protestant communities in North America.⁠

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

#DidYouKnow Franklin would often stay at the Moravian Sun Inn in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, which was built as somewhere for non-Moravian merchants to stay while doing business there. Franklin would print books produced by the Moravian community; one of the oldest established Protestant communities in North America.⁠

#FranklinFactFriday⁠

Get crafting with us this afternoon! 🖌️For this special holiday edition of our Live History Class series, we are delight...
08/04/2021

Get crafting with us this afternoon! 🖌️

For this special holiday edition of our Live History Class series, we are delighted to welcome Anya from Newington Green Meeting House to introduce us to 18th century ceramics and demonstrate how we can make our own pinch pots!

Register here: bit.ly/BFHEvents
#ArtClass #VirtualClass

Get crafting with us this afternoon! 🖌️

For this special holiday edition of our Live History Class series, we are delighted to welcome Anya from Newington Green Meeting House to introduce us to 18th century ceramics and demonstrate how we can make our own pinch pots!

Register here: bit.ly/BFHEvents
#ArtClass #VirtualClass

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD
07/04/2021

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

#WednesdayWisdom #QOTD

Join us on Thursday for a special guest edition of our virtual #History Class series. We are delighted to welcome Anya f...
04/04/2021

Join us on Thursday for a special guest edition of our virtual #History Class series. We are delighted to welcome Anya from @ngmeetinghouse to introduce us to 18th century ceramics and show us how to make our own pinch pots!

Thursday 8 April, 3pm BST / 10am ET
Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents

Most suitable for children aged 7-11 but all ages are welcome!

#VirtualClass #HowTo #Crafts

Join us on Thursday for a special guest edition of our virtual #History Class series. We are delighted to welcome Anya from @ngmeetinghouse to introduce us to 18th century ceramics and show us how to make our own pinch pots!

Thursday 8 April, 3pm BST / 10am ET
Register free: bit.ly/BFHEvents

Most suitable for children aged 7-11 but all ages are welcome!

#VirtualClass #HowTo #Crafts

#DidYouKnow that the political cartoon 'Join, or Die.’ that advocated for colonial freedom from Britain was designed by ...
02/04/2021

#DidYouKnow that the political cartoon 'Join, or Die.’ that advocated for colonial freedom from Britain was designed by Benjamin Franklin himself? It was originally published in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, and was reused a few years later during the American Revolution to call for unity between the colonies.

#FranklinFactFriday #History #FactFriday

#DidYouKnow that the political cartoon 'Join, or Die.’ that advocated for colonial freedom from Britain was designed by Benjamin Franklin himself? It was originally published in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, and was reused a few years later during the American Revolution to call for unity between the colonies.

#FranklinFactFriday #History #FactFriday

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund so that we ca...
02/04/2021

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund so that we can continue to be here for you and #HereForCulture. While our doors are still closed, you can continue to visit us virtually - see our programme of digital events here: bit.ly/BFHEvents

#MuseumFromHome

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund so that we can continue to be here for you and #HereForCulture. While our doors are still closed, you can continue to visit us virtually - see our programme of digital events here: bit.ly/BFHEvents

#MuseumFromHome

New month, new Ben's Book Club! In a few weeks, we'll be talking to Christer Petley about his book ‘White Fury’, which t...
01/04/2021

New month, new Ben's Book Club! In a few weeks, we'll be talking to Christer Petley about his book ‘White Fury’, which tells the story of sugar planter Simon Taylor, one of the wealthiest and most influential slaveholders of the 18th century British empire.

Register free here: bit.ly/BFHEvents
Wed 21 April, 5pm GMT / 12pm ET

#BensBookClub
#BookClub #History #BritishEmpire #AmericanRevolution

New month, new Ben's Book Club! In a few weeks, we'll be talking to Christer Petley about his book ‘White Fury’, which tells the story of sugar planter Simon Taylor, one of the wealthiest and most influential slaveholders of the 18th century British empire.

Register free here: bit.ly/BFHEvents
Wed 21 April, 5pm GMT / 12pm ET

#BensBookClub
#BookClub #History #BritishEmpire #AmericanRevolution

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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 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+442078392006

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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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