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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 2 days 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 3 days 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 5 days ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the last existing house where Ben franklin definitely lived as he did in London for a number of years. Good news most of rooms are pretty much, as they were in franklins time. bad news none the furniture is still. So the approach...More

Thank CharlesGraham79
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to the Ben Franklin House thinking it would be full of historic pieces and history of his time spent here. The house itself is about all that is here. No real pieces from the time, just a brief history of the property acted...More

Thank drw2112
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

After spending over a week in England, our hosts secured tickets to see the Ben Franklin House in London. This interactive living history tour is remarkable in its presentation & description of Franklin's time in London as the de facto ambassador for the Colonies prior...More

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 29 June 2017

My family took the Historical Experience Tour which is offered Wednesday through Sunday. Before the tour begins, one waits in a basement room that contains some artifacts related to Franklin as well as a display of human bones unearthed during renovation of the building. The...More

1  Thank michaelmR89ZN
Reviewed 26 June 2017

This is the last remaining home of Benjamin Franklin, well known founding father of the U.S. It is from the 18th century and is an interesting place to visit. Check on tour times in advance.

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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