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Benjamin Franklin House

#79 of 309 Museums in London
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Address: 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
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+44 20 7839 2006
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10:30 - 17:00
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Benjamin Franklin House is the world's only remaining Franklin home. For...

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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Benjamin Franklin House Historical Experience in London

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Reasonably priced, little-known attraction near Trafalgar Square

So Ben Franklin spent a decade and a half in London trying to make trade and tax deals on behalf of colonialists, leading up to 1775, when he suddenly had to make a hurried exit... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was surprised not to have heard of this small museum. It's a modest but atmospheric and informative visit. There is a short introduction to the house and Benjamin Franklin followed by a tour led by someone speaking as a member of the 18th century household. Very worthwhile for anyone with an interest in the formation of the USA whether... More 

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American In Europe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So Ben Franklin spent a decade and a half in London trying to make trade and tax deals on behalf of colonialists, leading up to 1775, when he suddenly had to make a hurried exit. Who knew? This house is where he rented his accomodation for all those years. The historical presentation is good and varied, and you walk through... More 

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Mt. Sinai, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a history buff, I found it exciting to walk the rooms Benjamin Franklin once did. The museum is a unique experience. Instead of filling the rooms with period pieces that were not actually Dr Franklin's, they chose to use actors and media to bring the actual floors and walls that were a home to many of his political and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this using London Pass. This is a real treasure for history buffs and especially those who are aware of Benjamin Franklin's work. I had not known that Franklin had spent a long time in London. The beauty of this is that this place lets you savour history with a difference. You are taken through various rooms by live... More 

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Duryea, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I had visited this museum with family members several years ago. It is an interactive experience, and at that time I found it amazing! I wished my son to see it, so we went together. A different actress portrayed Polly Stephenson (the landlady's daughter) and she was not as charismatic as the one we had seen earlier. Consequently, it was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The Benjamin Franklin House tour is not your average tour. Besides the expected exhibits, it includes actors as well as a film and commentary featuring Peter Coyote.that inform and portray Franklin's life in this house while living in London for 16 years. We found it interesting and informative, not to mention a bit unusual.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We have been to London often and just happened upon this property thanks to my wife.it was a delightful visit with a couple of excellent presenters in costume and in character who gave a wonderful tour which focused on Franklin's life in London during an eventful time in America. The tour should be prebooked. It takes about an hour and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

You will walk on the same stairs and floor boards trodden on by Benjamin Franklin; amazing! The historical experience narrates the story of Benjamin Franklin during his time in London using his own words. It runs Weds to Sun at 12, 1, 2, 3.15 & 4.15pm, it lasts about 45 mins and is a mix of live performance and audio... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The house was the residence of Benjamin Franklin before the Revolutionary War. The place is mostly devoid of artifacts or furniture, but instead, consists of dramatic combinations of period players and projected films in order to interpret the life and times that Franklin spent here. Historically interesting, but lacking in substance for those seeking some personal connection with Franklin and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The historical tour was an actress in costume and prerecorded narrative in a completely empty building. Benjamin Franklin'stime in London was interesting. There wasn't enough seating for all and the tours were overbooked so a big crowd was shuffled from one empty room to another and squeezed together. Not worth the time. Please note that if you are a member... More 

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