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


Architecture Tours run at:

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

Closed to the public Tuesday


Historical Experience Shows run at:

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

Admission charges

Standard: £8
Concession (Over 65s & students): £6
Under 16s: Free
Groups of over 10: £7 per person


  • Museums Association
  • National Trust
  • National Art Pass
  • English Heritage
  • International Council of Museums

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.
Layers of paint found at Benjamin Franklin House

Colour and the Smaller Eighteenth Century London Townhouse

  • 6 June 2018 From 6pm

Patrick Baty, historian of architectural paint and colour, will provide a brief description of what paint is; why it was used and when house-painting started in the UK. During the 18th century ready-mixed paint colours were sold by the colourmen and he will show how they were able to increase their output and lower their prices. He will outline the conventions behind the application of paint and show examples of correct usage in recently restored 18th century houses. Benjamin Franklin House is one of few where the redecoration was based on an analysis of the painted surfaces and which best illustrates early practices.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£6.00 + Booking Fee


Human skull, found during conservation works at Benjamin Franklin House

Museums at Night - Craven Street Bones

  • 27 October 2018 6-7:30pm, 8-9:30pm

Explore the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge with the staff members of Benjamin Franklin House. As you make your way through the House you’ll discover why over 1200 bones were unearthed in the basement.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10/per person, drink included


Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street
Greater London

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General Enquiries

0207 839 2006

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