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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

I was solo exploring London and randomly stumbled upon the Foundling Museum (which is hard to do as it's tucked into Coram's Field, so make sure you have clear directions), a historical museum in Britain's first home for abandoned children. The historical exhibits about the...More

Thank TheAmblingAttorney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum because of the small collection of George Frideric Handel memorabilia. It is actually a museum commemorating a hospital that was once on the location. Handel had a relationship with the hospital, performing his work, Messiah, as a fund raiser several time...More

1  Thank oldtravelagent
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the eighteenth century, seafarer Thomas Coram, a good man with nothing more than imagination and immense compassion, managed to found and fund a huge institution to care for children whom their parents couldn't support. The museum is housed in one of the remaining buildings;...More

Thank judith_cutler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled on this museum while hunting for National Trust properties in London: it offers 50% reduction for members. Based in a house, it did not drain energy like the larger museums yet I spent two hours there and read every single piece of information on...More

Thank EMMcbride
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 9 June 2017

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 2 June 2017 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 23 May 2017 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 2 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
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
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.
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
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