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The Foundling Museum

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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...more
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40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ, England
+44 20 7841 3600
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All reviews thomas coram court room national trust members brunswick square william hogarth heart wrenching raise funds picture gallery early days art collection fascinating insight couple of hours great place to visit handel howarth orphans century
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited the music conference this year, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A lot to see in the museum, and some great musical displays.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank durham05
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visiting clients in London with an hour to spare the Foundling Museum is well worth the quick trip. In a great neighborhood a half mile from St. Pancras you can learn about the incredible heroism of these orphans and the charity that became the Foundling...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank David G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely museum, art gallery and music room with pleasant staff and volunteers. There is an admission charge but free with the National Arts Pass. Lift goes to all floors. No cafe on site but a short walk to Brunswick Square.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Steve B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours here exploring the collection. It’s part art gallery and part museum with insights into the efforts made to make provision for foundlings and what happened to some of them.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Amethyst627
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small museum, but beautiful displays and heart wrenching stories. Staff helpful. Lucky enough to hear a string quartet rehearsing during our visit too.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank vampireweekend
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is excellent - very informative and moving. We went on a day when there was a music recital (clarinet/saxophone and piano) which was perfect. The museum no longer has a cafe and so my friend and I, intending to spend some time having...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank suemoret
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our weekend visit to this beautifully maintained museum. The children enjoyed the displays, particularly the downstairs area with audio, video and visual displays, and trying on the founding clothes upstairs. The staff were pleasant and knowledgable and the children also enjoyed all...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HJW0811
Reviewed October 14, 2018

fascinating museum that surpassed our expectations. There is a lot to take in during one visit... shame there is no cafe on site as this would have encouraged us to stay even longer. That said, we particularly enjoyed the oral histories and the brilliant film...these...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 971janicea
Reviewed October 4, 2018

The museum is a fitting tribute to Thomas Coram who seeing the plight of unwanted babies and children on the streets of London, petitioned for 17 years to get the authority and funds to establish a place where they could be safe. There are so...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mouseHerts
Reviewed October 3, 2018

I thought this museum would show how the foundlings (orphans) lived and worked when the Foundling Hospital was started in the 1700s, perhaps with a mock-up ward of dozens of beds. Instead, it is really a gallery of portraits of the wealthy men and women...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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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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April 10, 2017|
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Response from palaeotraveller | Reviewed this property |
We expected to stay about an hour, but it turned out to be nearer two. It does depend if the exhibitions that are on are of particular interest to you. I would allow an hour and a quarter anyway, as there are so many small... More
August 21, 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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June 4, 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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Dickensian/Victorian poor folks (12 Replies)
I am interested in the lives of the poverty stricken folks during the 19th century, and I was wondering if there are any sites/areas which would be of interest. I have read about the Dickens house, and the Foundling Museum. Any other recommendations? Thanks
May 21, 2007|
Response fromNorthWestLondoner|
If you have time, you could take a day trip to Dickens world. I haven't seen any reviews by Talfers yet, but it seems like it might be fun: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k11284…
Famous Organs (13 Replies)
I am really interested in going to see Organ concerts. - I have heard a few on radio 2 & 3, but can never seem to remember where they come from. One or two famous Organs that spring to mind are: The one in the Albert Hall The Compton at the Odeon Leicester Square Cathederal Organs, eg Salisbury The Wurlitzer at the Blackpool Tower With Handel being a UK resident, his small Organ is sited at the Foundling Museum and I was lucky to see this the other day, but it is silent. ...More
April 18, 2008|
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Bump Perhaps purpleceltic and statuesque can assist??
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Coram Fields Age Limit? Possible TALF family summer meet? (6 Replies)
The Foundling museum is on my list of places to get to this year, as well as Coram Fields. I've just had a look at CF's website, and I can't see an upper age limit as to what constitutes a child. I have a 15 year old (who would rather stay home with his computer anyhow) and an 11 year old who would enjoy it there. Anyway, having children, I do like to try and organise a family-friendly TALF meet once a year, in the summer usually, and it occurred to me that this could be a decent...More
February 10, 2009|
Response fromadamhornets|
Lovely idea Gill. For those that might not know entrance to Coram Fields is limited to children and adults with children. The Lamb would be obvious place to meet afterwards except for the fact that it isn't family friendly. There are a couple of places towards Kings Cross off Judd Street but I'm not sure of their suitability.