Benjamin Franklin House

Franklin's Parlour whilst the Historical Experience Show is running.
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Home to Benjamin Franklin between 1757 and 1775, 36 Craven Street is the location where the famous US statesman conducted numerous important experiments such as measuring the effects of the Gulf Stream, exploring Daylight Saving Time and inventing bi-focal lenses.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Science centre

Opening hours


Historical Experience Shows run at:

12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:15 and 16:15

Closed to the public Monday and Tuesday

Admission charges

Standard: £7
Concession (Over 65s & students): £5
Under 16s: Free
Groups of over 10: £6 per person


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Our Scholarship Centre is open by appointment only, please contact the House for further information

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Hallowe'en Party

Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin Franklin House

  • 27 October 2015 4-5pm

Children will be entertained by 18th century scary stories told by Polly Hewson, and ghastly games including Bobbing for Apples and Pin the Spider on the Web.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10


Craven Street Bones

Museums at Night - Craven Street Bones

  • 30 October 2015 6:30-7:30pm

In 1997, a chance discovery during conservation sparked an investigation at Benjamin Franklin House: how did human skeletal remains of up to 10 individuals come to be buried under the basement floor?  Operations Manager, Braena Sykes, will explore the answer to this question and reveal the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£5 / £3.50 Friends and Concessions


Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

  • 26 November 2015 7:30-10pm

An American Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings will take place at magnificent Clothworkers’ Hall.  Roast turkey (and stuffing and vegetables and of course pumpkin pie) will be a highlight.  Franklin, in addition to suggesting the turkey become one of America’s national symbols, practised cooking it as part of his early work on electricity.

Contact Benjamin Franklin House for further details and to book

Suitable for

  • Any age


Early Bird Offer! £75 Adult / £35 Children until 1 October. After, £80 Adult / £45 Children



Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

  • 9 December 2015 6-8pm

Celebrate the festive season with friends of the House and our Craven Street neighbours.  In the great British holiday tradition, enjoy a mince pie, and a glass or two of homemade mulled wine!

Free – RSVP to

9 December, 6-8pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street
Greater London

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General Enquiries

0207 839 2006

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