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

Monday

Architecture Tours run at:

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

Closed to the public Tuesday

Wednesday-Sunday

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

Discounts

  • 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.

Benjamin Franklin, Time and the Clockwork of the American Constitution

  • 1 June 2017 6:30-7:30pm

Benjamin Franklin - the polymath who invented his own clock in the 1750s - joined with the other Framers to organize American politics through numerous notions of time.  Dan Kryder will explore Franklin's role in the framing of the Constitution with a particular focus on how "the divine science of politics" used time as a balancing mechanism in the complex Newtonian clockwork of institutional competition and collaboration embedded in the Constitution.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8/£5.50 Friends and Concessions

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Concordia Concert at Benjamin Franklin House

  • 11 June — 11 July 2017

We will be hosting an evening in keeping with Franklin’s love of 18th century
music in association with our Craven Street neighbours, the Concordia
Foundation, which serves young musicians. Join us for a programme of music
for a programme of music for flute and guitar with Flauguissimo Duo.

Admission

£20 including refreshments

Independence Day

Independence Day Party

  • 4 July 2017 12-5:30pm

Join us for an Independence Day celebration at Benjamin Franklin House! Enjoy cake and bubbly following a tour of the world's only remaining Franklin home. As a founder of the United States, Franklin was the only statesman to have signed all four documents that created a new nation, including The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris, and The Constitution. The first of these was signed on 4 July 1776, an annual US holiday.

Join us at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm, and 4.15pm to see this historic place and to enjoy all the festivities, including a 4th of July quiz!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets are £10 plus online booking fee

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/independence-day-party-tickets-34690722886

2017 Robert H. Smith Lecture: American Democracy in Focus in association with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at The British Library

  • 6 July 2017 From 7pm

The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP will deliver this year’s Robert H. Smith Lecture, focused on the strong history of collaboration between American and Britain on international development. What challenges and opportunities does the future hold for this common democractic agenda? Andrew is the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield (since 2001). He has been Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (2010 - 2012) and Secretary of State for International Development and Government Chief Whip (2012). He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Rising Powers, Cambridge University which allows top decision-makers from around the world to highlight latest efforts on poverty alleviation.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

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

Website

http://www.bl.uk

Glass Armonica

Franklin’s Singing Bowls: An Evening with the Glass Armonica

  • 13 July 2017 6:30-7:30pm

In 1762, Franklin premiered his new musical invention, the glass armonica which had been devised at 36 Craven Street. Mallory Horrill, Front of House and Marketing Manager will demonstrate how ethereal sounds are produced from rotating glass bowls which have inspired compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and more recently, rock musicians like Jarvis Cocker and Damian Albarn.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8/£5.50 for Friends and Concessions

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Opticians

Benjamin Franklin and the Opticians

  • 13 September 2017 6:30-7:30pm

When not looking at the world through his spectacles, Franklin was corresponding
with their makers. He claimed they helped him to understand foreign languages
and attract the opposite sex. Neil Handley, from the museum at the College of
Optometrists, will open our eyes to this contradictory and controversial facet of
Franklin’s many scientific and business interests.

Admission

£8/£5.50 Friends and Concessions

Open House

Open House London

  • 16 — 17 September 2017 10:30am-4pm

This annual event allows 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

  • Any age

Admission

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

Lightening Rod

The Lighting Rod: Invention and Contention

  • 28 September 2017 6:30-7:30pm

Using exciting science demos, Gemma Smith, Education Manager, will explore how one of Franklin’s most iconic inventions, the Lightning Rod, came about. She will also reveal the personal and political rivalries Franklin faced to get his invention installed throughout London and beyond.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8/£5.50 Friends and Concessions

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Child skull

Museums at Night - Craven Street Bones

  • 28 October 2017 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, Beth Ward, will explore the answer to this question and reveal the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8/£5.50 Friends and Concessions

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

George Goodwin

Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre. Benjamin Franklin in London: From British Royalist to American Revolutionary

  • 16 November 2017 6:30-7:30pm

George Goodwin, our Author in Residence, explores Franklin’s life in the heaving metropolis of 18th century London, his friendship Joseph Priestley and Francis Dashwood, his political cooperation with Prime Ministers William Pitt the Elder and the Marquess of Rockingham, and his final antagonism with “mangling ministers”.

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

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking via the British Library from 1 Sept: 01937546546 and www.bl.uk

Website

http://www.bl.co.uk

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

  • 23 November 2017 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£90 adults/£50 children

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

  • 7 December 2017 6:30-7:30pm

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!

Suitable for

  • Any age

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

logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

E-mail

info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Telephone

General Enquiries

0207 839 2006

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