Benjamin Franklin House

Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street
London
Greater London
WC2N 5NF
England

Website

www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

E-mail

info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Telephone

General Enquiries

0207 839 2006

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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

Wednesday-Sunday

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

Discounts

  • 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.
Festival of British Archeology

Family Day: Festival of British Archaeology – Bones in the Basement

  • 29 July 2014 11am-12pm *on now

Children will explore the House’s fascinating archaeological history. They will discover why human bones were found in the basement and the story they tell about the history of medicine. Led by House Education Manager, Stephen Wilson.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£5.00 per child Free for adults

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Print this!

Family Day: Children’s Summer Fete – Print This!

  • 9 August 2014 11am-2pm

Our annual Summer Fete, in collaboration with special guests from the world of London heritage including Charles Dickens Museum, the Ragged School Museum, Kelmscott House, and Dr Johnson’s House, will include Print This! – a workshop for all the family exploring Franklin’s contribution to printing, allowing participants to print their own message, picture, or sign using everyday objects.

The Fete will be held in the gardens of Leighton House Museum, so bring a picnic!

Suitable for 5-14 year olds.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 14-15
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Leighton House Museum
12 Holland Park Road
London
W14 8LZ
England

Getting there

High Street Kensington station (District, Circle)

Additional info

Toilet facilities available.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Big Ben Stamp act

Family Day: Big Ben Stamp Act

  • 19 August 2014 11am-12pm
  • 26 August 2014 11am-12pm

In honour of his role as the first Postmaster General of the US Postal Service and his many other achievements in science, innovation, and diplomacy, Benjamin Franklin has often featured on stamps around the world. As the holidays draw to a close, children will enjoy a tour of Benjamin Franklin House in the company of Polly Hewson, daughter of Franklin’s landlady. They will then create their own stamp postcard to Polly to share highlights of their summer adventures.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£5.00 per child, free for adults

Alan Rusbridger

Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre: Alan Rusbridger The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

  • 8 September 2014

As our 2014 Symposium speaker, Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media, will share his views on freedom of the press. During his editorship the paper has fought a number of high profile battles over press freedom and libel, including cases involving Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken, the Police Federation, Trafigura, and Wikileaks. The Guardian broke world exclusive stories by publishing NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Where

The British Library Conference Centre
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

Admission

£8.00, £6.00 Over 60s and £5.00.
Booking via the British Library on 01937 546546.

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org/site/sections/news/events.html

Massive queue outside Benjamin Franklin house

Open House London

  • 20 — 21 September 2014

Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. This annual event invites the public to cross the threshold of some of London’s most interesting buildings, including Grade I, 1730s Benjamin Franklin House. Half-hourly guided tours will take place throughout the day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free – half-hourly tours run on a first come first served basis

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org/site/sections/news/events.html

photograph of carved pumpkin

Family Day: Hallowe’en at Benjamin Franklin House

  • 28 October 2014 4-5pm

As Hallowe’en approaches, brave the dimly lit corridors and creaking floorboards of this 18th century Georgian House for ghost stories told by Benjamin Franklin’s friend Polly Hewson, and other haunting happenings…

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£5.00 per child, free for adults

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Childrens Christmas party

Family Day: Children’s Christmas Party

  • 13 December 2014 10:30am-12pm

With Christmas around the corner, children will discover the magic of the holiday – 18th century style – with crafts and treats. Sing along to festive classics such as ‘Silent night’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ with accompaniment on the Glass Armonica, Franklin’s musical instrument. Enjoy mince pies and deck the halls with a Christmas Wreath to make and take home. Suitable for 5-11 year olds.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

£5.00 per child, free for adults

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

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