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.
The Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray

Entangled Lives in Georgian Portraits

  • 10 May 2018 6-8pm

The Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray (1770s-1780s, Scone Palace) pictures two cousins together, one Afro-Scottish and the other Scottish and Polish. Their depiction offers a contrast: Dido is shown in an exoticised fashion, whereas Lady Elizabeth is portrayed as an English rose. Dido’s mother was enslaved and her father was an officer in the Royal Navy. Their portrait was painted against the backdrop of the two major slavery cases in the eighteenth-century – the Somerset Case of 1772 and the Zong Trial of 1783-1783, both of which their guardian and great-uncle, Lord Mansfield, presided over. Dr. Jennifer Germann will address the complexity of the portrait in light of conflicted ideas about liberty and slavery across the Atlantic world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.00 per person + £1.48 booking fee.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entangled-lives-in-georgian-portraits-tickets-44217980169?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

The original oak staircase at Benjamin Franklin House

Museums at Night – ‘Candle Lit’ Architectural Tours

  • 17 May 2018 6-7pm, 7-8pm, 8-9pm
  • 18 May 2018 6-7pm, 7-8pm, 8-9pm

The atmospheric rooms of Benjamin Franklin’s only remaining residence will be the feature of this night-time architectural tour, highlighting the original features of our Grade I listed Georgian townhouse in evening light.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10/per person, drink included

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Indigenous London

  • 24 May 2018 6-8pm

Historian Coll Thrush offers a new and compelling view of London’s history through the lived experiences of indigenous women, children, and men who have travelled to the city, willingly or otherwise, since the beginning of the sixteenth century. They included captives and diplomats, missionaries and medicine people, poets and performers, athletes and sovereigns. Together, their stories illuminate a London that has until now largely been ignored: an imperial capital shaped in profound ways by its entanglements with indigenous peoples and places. Benjamin Franklin's own Craven Street is part of the story.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.00 per person + £1.48 booking fee.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-london-tickets-44218420486?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

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

Admission

£10/per person, drink included

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

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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