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.
Franklin's Glass Armonica

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

  • 6 June 2016 6:30-8pm

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5/£3.50 for Friends and Concessions

Please call +44 (0) 20 7925 1405 or email info@benjaminfranklinhous.org for tickets and more information.

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Independence  Day

Independence Day Party

  • 4 July 2016 12-2pm

Join us for a celebration of Independence Day at Benjamin Franklin House. 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8/£5 Friends and Concessions

Please call +44 (0) 20 7925 1405 or email info@benjaminfranklinhous.org for tickets and more information.

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

The Concordia Foundation

Concordia Concert

  • 21 July 2016 7:30-9pm

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 guitar with Flauguissimo Duo.

Suitable for

  • 14-15

Admission

£20 including refreshments

Please call +44 (0) 20 7925 1405 or email info@benjaminfranklinhous.org for tickets and more information.

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Open House London

Open House London

  • 17 — 18 September 2016 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Kite and Key

The Kite and Key

  • 26 September 2016 6:30-8pm

Join Education Manager, Stephen Wilson, for a lecture and live demonstration exploring the science and speculation behind Franklin’s infamous and much-mythologised ‘kite and key’ experiment, said to have been conducted to prove that lightning is an electrical phenomenon. For science novices and Franklin fans alike.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5/£3.50 Friends and Concessions

Please call +44 (0) 20 7925 1405 or email info@benjaminfranklinhous.org for tickets and more information.

Website

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Presidential Debate

Presidential Debate

  • 28 October 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Just prior to the American Presidential election, we will host a debate featuring
representatives of Republicans Overseas and Democrats Abroad on the best person
to lead the United States in the years ahead.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

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

Admission

£10/£8/£7

Website

http://www.bl.uk

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

Admission

£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.

Admission

£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.

Where

The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
London
NW1 2DB

Admission

£10/£8/£7

Website

http://www.bl.uk

Thanksgiving

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

Where

The Clothworkers' Hall
Dunster Court, Mincing Lane
London
London
EC3R 7AH

Admission

£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
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

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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