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.
Human Remains at Benjamin Franklin House

Museums at Night - Craven Street Bones

  • 29 October 2016 6:30-8pm

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?  Historian Braena Sykes will explore the answer to this question and reveal the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17


£5 / £3.50

The Stamp Act

Put your stamp on it: Ben Franklin and a dreaded Act, 250 years on

  • 16 November 2016 6:30-8pm

Benjamin Franklin House Director, Dr. Márcia Balisciano, will show that while Franklin did not initially realise the furore the Stamp Act would cause, he played an important part in its repeal.  Looking back on it today, she will argue it was a catalyst for the eventual American Revolution.


£5 / £3.50 Friends and Concessions

Nigel Newton

Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre: 30 Years of Bloomsbury

  • 21 November 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Nigel Newton, an entrepreneur and publisher like Benjamin Franklin, looks back over the thrills and spills - the key moments in the story of the publishing house he started 30 years ago.  Among Bloomsbury Publishing’s best known authors are J. K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books, Khaled Hosseini with The Kite Runner and Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient.


The British Library
96 Euston Road





Thanksgiving Dinner

  • 24 November 2016 7:30-10:30pm

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


The Clothworkers' Hall
Dunster Court, Mincing Lane


£80 for Adults/£45 for children

Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

Annual Friends and Neighbours Christmas Party

  • 8 December 2016 6:30-8:30pm

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

  • Family friendly

Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street
Greater London

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0207 839 2006

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