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Benjamin Franklin House

#79 of 311 Museums in London
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Address: 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7839 2006
10:30 - 17:00
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Wed - Mon 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Little Ben's House tour is a nice attraction

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Duryea, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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.

Thank admybf
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Dover, New Hampshire
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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 

1 Thank David K
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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We decided to attend one of the 'Historical Experiences' and it was an interesting and informative visit. A lot of thought has obviously gone into planning these performances and I enthusiastically recommend it. The actress playing Miss Stevenson was excellent and all the staff at the house were helpful and friendly.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Benjamin Franklin stayed here for about 17 years in mid 1700s. Afterwards this house has been in various uses including a hotel. It has been acquired in 2006 to maintain it as a historic site. The rooms are empty without any memorabilia. It would appeal to those who relate to important place of Benjamin Franklin in American independence.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This historic house museum offers two different tours on different days of the week - the "Historical Experience" tour (as they call it) and an architectural tour. I took the Historical Experience tour and would highly recommend it. Based on other reviews, I think some reviewers took the architecture tour. The Historical Experience tour is unlike any other I've ever... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

An interesting insight in to a remarkable man. The mixture of video and live performance works well. It made me want to research his life further.

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