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Benjamin Franklin House

36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
+44 20 7839 2006
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Benjamin Franklin House is the world's only remaining Franklin home. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin - scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more - lived behind its doors. The Historical Experience presents the excitement and uncertainty of Franklin's London years using his historic rooms as staging for a drama which seamlessly integrates live performance, cutting edge lighting, sound and projection technology.
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36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
+44 20 7839 2006
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went for the Open House Day and were lucky that there were lots of volunteers giving us tours and information. Without it you'd just walked through empty rooms. It's amazing realizing the significance of this house, but someone needs to point it out to...More

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Benjamin Franklin house is a museum in a terraced Georgian house in London and close to Trafalgar Square. The house dates from 1730 and Franklin lived here for 16 years. The museum opened in 2006. Best station is Charing Cross.

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'll be honest, I had very low expectations when we went to visit the Ben Franklin house in London. We left with a greater sense of London's history as well as a greater understanding of one of the great American's lives. Worth a visit.

4  Thank JSfromDC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I visited in June, 2016. Benjamin Franklin lived in London for 15 years and was the following: politician, scientist, diplomat, author, printer and signer of the Declaration of Independence. While living in London, he represented the American colonies. This house is cared...More

1  Thank Kerrie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well it was really his kite experiments which deserve that label. However this understated historical gem is a must see whether you know of the man or not. Ben rented rooms in this house for many years after he was retired and even the floor...More

1  Thank Connoisseur-of-Life
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The coolest part about this is probably the fact that it's Benjamin Franklin's only surviving residence in the world. Other than that I found the acting of the woman who guided us around as if she were one of the people living there to be...More

Thank Keisha T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house museum contains very few items but, as you go through the rooms with your group, an actress plays the landlord’s daughter and describes life there with Franklin. There are projections on the walls and a pre-recorded narrator that the actress interacts with. You...More

Thank NortheastJim
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to visit this house as we were in London and thought it would be interesting to visit . It was an odd experience as the house has virtually no furniture and an actress who joins in with a recording explaining the life of...More

Thank Beanytours
Reviewed 7 August 2017

As a history teacher, I was excited to visit Franklin's house in London with my family. They really try to bring it to life with actors playing parts and having a "living history" demonstration which is a good idea, but there is SO much drama...More

Thank mtdad
Reviewed 5 August 2017

People forget that Benjamin Franklin - Politician, Scientist, Diplomat, Printer, Author, Signatory of the Declaration of Independence - lived in London for fifteen years, representing the Colonies. This is where he lived. It is cared for by a Trust and staffed by volunteers. Because of...More

1  Thank You_Called_Madam
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized
lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is
not just considered the heart of this bustling London
hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this
esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as
well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most
popular cultural attractions including the National
Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to
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Response from LoriMichigan | Reviewed this property |
The Ben Franklin Home is about an hour. As I live in Philadelphia now, and there are no surviving structures Franklin occupied, it was especially interesting to me. But It gives a good historical look at the time period... More