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“Well worth a visit”

Benjamin Franklin House
Ranked #297 of 1,816 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed January 12, 2014

I was staying nearby on business and happened upon this museum while taking a walk. As an American living abroad, I found the house tour interesting on multiple levels. It must have been so much more difficult to be apart from friends and family for so long without air travel and modern communication. I agree with others that the living theatre approach works well here, particularly because the house itself is empty. The volunteer did a very nice job and infused the performance with vitality and emotion.

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Reviewed December 14, 2013 via mobile

This is truly a hidden gem of London. As an American I was flattered that there is a British trust which owns this house and maintains it in the memory of one of our Founders. The presentation is well done and much better than a static house tour. The staff was enthusiastic and helpful.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

I visited Ben Franklin house a few months ago and thought it was an eye-opening exhibit for history buffs, if somewhat sparse. I did very much enjoy the interactive nature of the visit (actors, etc) but felt as though there could be a few more artifacts available for viewing. That being said, I would definitely recommend it for those looking for an interesting history lesson in a unique building.

1  Thank Debra S
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

I didn't realize before I went that you couldn't see the house on your own- you have to book onto the tour. I really enjoyed it- it was fascinating and well worth the money. I would definitely recommend it!

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin House, surprisingly, is the only surviving residence of Franklin, which made it all the more appealing to a couple of Americans visiting London. The House is a well-restored Georgian house near Trafalgar Square, but has only minimal furniture since there are apparently no records of which furniture Franklin had in his house. Instead, the operators of the House offer architectural tours of the House on Mondays, school tours on Tuesdays, and "Historical Experience" tours the rest of the week. The spareness of the furnishings allows guides freer rein to show photographs and offer interpretative commentary about Franklin and his life in London. We did the "Historical Experience" tour, which I found more informative about Franklin than I'd expected. Well worth the £7 adult ticket price, and children under 16 are free.

Thank Jonathan R
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