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Foundling Museum

Address: 40 Brunswick Square | Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ, England
Phone Number: 44 20 78413600
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Ranked #245 of 852 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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West Midlands
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63 reviews 63 reviews
4 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is a very moving place to visit, and the standard of display is excellent. I want to especially praise the cafe. I had an excellent lunch - Thai fishcakes, pea and mint puree with mixed leaves, white wine - for a very reasonable price. I have paid a lot more elsewhere for far less delicious lunches! You don't have... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My wife and I took some friends to the Foundling Museum recently, having explained to them how much we had learned from a previous visit. Sadly, the current arrangement of items is very disappointing. So much history and explanation of the early days of the Foundling Hospital has been taken down. The exhibition of items on the Ground Floor provides... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Wanted to visit the Museum for years. Wasn't disappointed. The keepsakes left to identify the children very moving. A place for homeless and unwanted children who were given a new start in life. There are photos of success stories and a film. Hogarth's painting of March of the Guards to Finchley on show, the more you look at it, the... More

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80 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We had seen this Museum on BBC1's Bargain Hunt and decided it would be good to visit. The museum reflects the endeavours of those that set up the Foundling Hospital for children of destitute parents. It subsqently became th first charity in the UK and as a way of fund raising, the first publlic gallery showing art. The exhibits are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I have not been to this museum before and visited for the first time today. It is currently advertised in the 2 for 1 days out by rail leaflet, so my sister and I took advantage of this offer and it was £7.50 entry for both of us. The museum covers four floors with the lower ground floor dedicated to... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great to see how the foundation started. There are many stories and pictures to see and hear. You can see a film of the early days of some of the residents of the home and hear comments from people who lived there.

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38 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The museum provides exhibits which portray the lives of London's unwanted children which were often abandoned on the streets. An audio tour facilitates your visit. Handel and Hogarth were contributors to the home which is why there is a room devoted to Handel and many Hogarth paintings and other prominent artwork. There is a small restaurant in the museum whose... More

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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209 reviews 209 reviews
72 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Although I allowed an afternoon to visit the foundling museum and wandered around slowly, my visit was over within an hour. I expected the displays to be about the foundlings, their histories and stories, what I got was three rooms on the ground floor crammed with information on the foundlings and three floors dedicated to the museums patrons. This is... More

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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Yesterday, my wife and I were invited to a reception at the Foundling Museum. They have some amazing paintings and the building itself is architecturally really quite grand. The history is significant because it was set up to look after orphaned children many years ago. We watched a TV program on it some time before going to give us additional... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This museum tucked away in Bloomsbury tells the story of the foundling hospital started by Thomas Coram. The exhibits include a collection of tokens left with the foundling child by its mother as identification should the mother be in a position to reclaim her child at a later date. Well worth a visit, excellent coffee shop

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