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Benjamin Franklin House

#83 of 310 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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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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Very interesting even though it is an almost empty house.

The tour lasts about one hour and it is a nice and interesting thing to do on a rainy day. Even though there is almost no fumiture in it, it was still worth it. It is nice that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 January 2017
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A most interesting tour of the house where Benjamin Franklin stayed during his last 16 years in the UK. Well presented tour however, it was promoted as a small group of max 4 persons! We however , had 13 people in our group. Too large! Lost some of the atmosphere because of large group. However, interesting and different.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came on a Saturday and saw this quaint house. We were crammed in with so many people it was hard to enjoy. You basically go from room to empty room and watch a fuzzy video play on the wall. After the tour you are scurried out and not allowed to look around in the light. I would pass other than... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's interesting to be in a house where a real historical person lived. But there's little here but the house. There is a live host with a recorded and live story that helps, but it's just not enough. Still, it's cheap to come here, near other things, and not awful. Come if you want to see the house or if... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

The tour lasts about one hour and it is a nice and interesting thing to do on a rainy day. Even though there is almost no fumiture in it, it was still worth it. It is nice that everything gets explained in a very special way with an actor and projectors showing pictures or little movies. I far preferred it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 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 10 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

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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