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The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ, England
+44 20 7841 3600
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The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery, and through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years. The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram, as ‘a hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children’. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth, who encouraged leading artists of the day to donate work, and the composer George Frideric Handel, who gave annual benefit concerts of his Messiah. In doing so, they created London’s first public art gallery and their creative generosity set the template for the ways in which the arts can support philanthropy. The Foundling Museum celebrates their vision and continues their work by enabling artists, musicians and writers to work alongside vulnerable young people and cast new light on the histories we tell.
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40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ, England
+44 20 7841 3600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum tells the story of a place of refuge for abandoned children from 17th century to the present day. It is fascinating and also at times heart-breaking. Downstairs, displays range from gifts and tokens left by mothers for their children, to photos and videos...More

Thank halesbernicecrystal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a really great afternoon at the Foundling museum! I have been wanting to go for a while, it was recommended by a family member and working in Social Care I was interested to see how our fostering and adoption systems first got off...More

Thank t0rtuga15
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had around 2 hours waiting to meet a friend in London so had a quick look at what was in the area - saw the Foundling museum which wasn't too far from the train station so decided to walk there. It was a very...More

Thank ALS1387
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum had been on my "to visit" list for some time so as we were meeting our son in London for lunch, I thought this would be a good place to visit in the afternoon. It's about five minutes away from Russell Square tube...More

Thank Liz H
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is next to the site of a Foundling home and hospital. There's a nice little permanent exhibition about the history of helping London's foundlings, as well as one notable benefactor: George Friedrich Handel. This price might exceed the quality of the visit, but...More

Thank Dana D
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

The Foundling museum gives you an opportunity to learn about the foundling hospital: the UK's first children's charity; and first public art gallery. The exhibits, and pictures are presented in a house just off Brunswick square where the knowledgeable and friendly staff are on hand...More

Thank Roger K
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We had been meaning to visit this museum for a long time. Such a sad and important story which deserves to be better told and better displayed. Maybe the tone was set by the poor quality/stale cakes we ate in the cafe! The place has...More

Thank Kay B
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

This unique museum highlights a very special place, The Foundling Hospital, that began its important life in the 1740s. The " Hospital" served as a home for a substantial number of orphans for over 250 years. Amongst the unusual elements of its special history is...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

A lovely outing (especially as National Trust members we got it at half price!) Staff very friendly and helpful.

Thank Purple_Giraffe_94
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is a gem of a place, in my opinion. There was recently a TV special on it, with its interesting history, and so I decided to come see it. The building is a 1930 recreation of the original, built when the Foundling Hospital moved...More

Thank Fiddler1068
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and
leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance
access to many of London's most popular attractions.
It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated
museums, including the must-see British Museum.
Despite an understandable popularity with students,
tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury
retain a quiet, residential feel year round and
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Liz H
How long should we allow to visit this museum?
11 April 2017|
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Response from Simon J | Reviewed this property |
We had spent about an hour and a half inside. Moving and worth every penny.
I attended a fascinating lecture on Thomas Coran and the Foundling Children by Mrs Patricia Atkinson (Halifax) at Idle & Thackley Men's Forum. Is there much about Coram family in the museum?
21 August 2015|
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Response from Jooles2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, information about Coram himself. I don't recall much about his family. It focuses on the foundlings. Well worth a visit. Beautifully presented and with a very nice cafe for a snack!
Iain M
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5 June 2015|
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Response from teenager65 | Reviewed this property |
Adults £8.25 (including voluntary Gift Aid donation of 75p) Concessions £5.50 (including voluntary Gift Aid donation of 50p) Children (up to sixteen years), Art Fund members and Foundling Friends visit FREE