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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ, England
Bloomsbury
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is arranged over three floors - the ground floor tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, from its foundation in 1739 until well in to the 20th century; the first floor has art works relating to governors and the children living in it,...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had no idea this museum was there,found a reference in a book it is housed in a beautiful building the original Foundling School no longer exists,but worth a visit,lots of artifacts,pictures,film,very very sad stories.

Thank Marie H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter really wanted to visit this place (Hetty Feather and all that) and she really enjoyed the visit, not my cup of tea really but it was interesting. The cafe was not very impressive, I went for coffee, and after being told they serve...More

Thank 713rossy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ground floor is interesting and definitely the best part, with artefacts and information about the Foundling Hospital. The 1st floor consists of paintings of religious scenes involving children and of people. 2nd floor is about composer Handel and the link to the Foundling Hospital....More

Thank Rebecca C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Foundling Museum celebrates the Foundling Hospital, set up in the 18th century to look after children whose mothers could not care for them. It was the first institution of its kind. The museum, in what is left of the original building, has a very...More

1  Thank Nightflight
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was inspired to visit after seeing a fascinating television programme about the connection between Handel's Messiah and Thomas Coram's Foundling Hospital. The interior of the building is beautiful and has a well-displayed (and very moving) exhibition on the Hospital's history. The art gallery upstairs...More

Thank Julia W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum explains the origins of the foundling hospital and the need for this resource in eighteenth century London.The museum displays various artefacts and a collection of paintings belonging to the museum as well as manuscripts and music scores associated with Hogarth and Handel. I...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My eight year old is an avid fan of Hetty Feather so she loved the Hetty Feather exhibition. Also enjoyed looking and finding out about the facts of the Foundling hospital.

Thank oosarah
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like small museums with quirky, interesting exhibits, so the Foundling Museum fitted the bill - social history, art, architecture, music history, a nice cafe. We walked to the museum from the Euston area, and looked around Brunswick Square before the museum had opened (it...More

1  Thank TheNoseyBears
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This museum was a very profound, interesting visit, that everyone enjoyed. It is small, but packed with information, and was left lookinng very much how it looked back when it was an orphanage/childrens home. The architecture of the place is beautiful. It is a great...More

Thank Laura M
Nearby
Bloomsbury
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
...More
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Liz H
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.
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OldBoyBradford_U_K_
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!
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Iain M
4 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
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