The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, we celebrate the ways in which artists and children have inspired each other for over 275 years.See The Foundling Museum and all London has to offer by arranging your trip with our London itinerary planner.
Discover the intriguing story behind this important London institution and the children who grew up there, alongside original period interiors, poignant artefacts and inspiring art. Pick up a unique, artist-designed souvenir in our Shop, or relax in our Café, offering a delicious selection of teas, coffees, cakes and light lunches.
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I enjoyed reading about the origin of the foundling hospital and its history but I was expecting a lot more detail about the day to day life and experiences of those who stayed and were taught there r... more »
Interesting history of Coram’s efforts to take care of babies which may otherwise have perished in mid 1700’s. Ground floor exhibition is the only part of the museum that directly details this. Other ... more »
We had a lovely time at the Foundling Museum. The ground floor tells of the lives of Foundlings and there is a Hetty Feather trail that our 10 year old enjoyed. Heartwarming and heartbreaking display of tokens too. Artefacts, paintings and dressing up on the first floor. Here we met a really lovely man called Robin who worked there who gave us lots of information and made our visit really special. He was extra kind and chatty with our daughter and answered all her questions. Third floor was a room dedicated to Handel with big armchairs where you could play a choice of his music. The basement is a special exhibition space that changes. All in all it was great for an hour and a half and we all enjoyed it.
A hidden gem that everyone should be going too. I feel like this museum could have been twice as large since there was so much to learn about the history of the foundation. The foundling tokens alone could be there own museum. I left feeling like there was so much more I could have learned. I regard not buying one of the book in the gift shop.
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