Benjamin Franklin House
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.
Museum, Historic house or home, Science centre
Historical Experience Shows run at:
12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:15 and 16:15
Closed to the public Monday and Tuesday
Concession (Over 65s & students): £5
Under 16s: Free
Groups of over 10: £6 per person
- Museums Association
Our Scholarship Centre is open by appointment only, please contact the House for further information
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.
£5 / £3.50
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
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
- 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.
- Any age
The Clothworkers' Hall
Dunster Court, Mincing Lane
£80 for Adults/£45 for children
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!
- Family friendly
Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street
0207 839 2006