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

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.
Independence Day Party

Independence Day Party

  • 3 July 2015 12-2pm

Enjoy cake and a glass of bubbly in 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 of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris, and The Constitution. The first of these was signed on July 4, 1776, an annual US holiday.

3 July, 12-2pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8 / £5 Friends and concessions

Website

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

Bones in the Basement

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

  • 28 July 2015 11am-1pm

As part of the Festival of British Archaeology, 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. Suitable for 7-14 year olds.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://bit.ly/1JKlfP1

Concordia Foundation

Concordia Concert

  • 30 July 2015 7:30-10pm

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 flute and harp.

£20 including refreshments

30 July, 7:30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20, including refreshments

Website

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

Summer Fete

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

  • 1 August 2015 11am-4pm

Location: Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZ

Our annual Summer Fete, in collaboration with special guests from the world of heritage, will include activities such as Print This, a workshop for all the family exploring Franklin’s contribution to printing, which allows participants to print their own creation using everyday objects. The Fete will be held in the lovely gardens of Leighton House Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
Franklin Fables

Franklin’s Fables

  • 4 August 2015 11am-1pm
  • 11 August 2015 11am-1pm
  • 18 August 2015 11am-1pm

Benjamin Franklin inspired many a tall tale during his life and in the years since.  In this drop-in storytelling session for under 7s, enjoy fantastic fables about the remarkable man, including the story of Amos, Franklin’s pet mouse, who may have contributed to his best ideas.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://bit.ly/1FGyKJi

Big Ben Stamp Act

Family Day: Big Ben Stamp Act

  • 25 August 2015 11am-1pm

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 postage stamps around the world. 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

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://bit.ly/1I8VGS3

Open House London

Open House London

  • 19 — 20 September 2015 10:30am-4pm

Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. 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.


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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

John McAslan

Annual Symposium in association with the Eccles Centre: New York and London ­ Cities in Crisis

  • 28 September 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Arguably the capitals of the world, New York and London, share great wealth and power. However at their heart they have some real challenges, including unaffordable housing and infrastructure not suited for modern life. Award-winning architect John McAslan of John McAslan + Partners will address the housing crises in both cities and suggest a template for change.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 adults/£8 seniors/£7 concessions - booking via the British Library: 01937546546

Website

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

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

Website

http://bit.ly/1e8CAnY

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

Admission

£5 / £3.50 Friends and Concessions

Website

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

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

Admission

Contact Benjamin Franklin House for further details and to book

Website

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

Christmas

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 info@BenjaminFranklinHouse.org

9 December, 6-8pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

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

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Website

www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

E-mail

info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Telephone

General Enquiries

0207 839 2006

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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