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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 brunswick square national trust members 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 September 21, 2018 via mobile

This is definitely one of my favourite museums to visit whilst in London. It is under rated and often quite quiet. The displays are fascinating and extremely thought provoking. One visit we were treated to beautiful music in the larger upstairs room. Definitely recommend a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

Reading reviews and knowing a little about the museum I never imagined that our family, which includes three teenagers, would spend two and a half hours at the Foundling Museum nor that we would rate our experience visiting so high. Centred around a single theme,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

A real lost opportunity to tell the story of the founding hospital which was on this site. Currently it is dull, unimaginative and uninspiring.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mark P
Reviewed August 25, 2018

This is a wonderfully laid out museum of the artefacts and photographs associated with the children who were left at the Foundling Hospital. It had a special resonance for me because it moved out to Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire during the mid-twentieth century, and its building...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Jasmineandboo
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

The Foundling Museum is a varied showcase, partly the history of looking after foundlings, but also covering art and music as the Hospital became an art gallery and also was a focus for Handel and there's a gallery devoted to him. It's certainly value for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

A cool, calm, quiet almost zen-like quality as the Museum takes you through the history of The Foundling. I was entranced reading the narratives, learning the history of the artists and art works. Beautiful rooms with very helpful curators and front of house team who...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank P H
Reviewed August 16, 2018

This Museum is very interesting and well presented to tell the story of those orphans we read about but do not thing much about. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Pierre B
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

I am very sorry to have to agree with all the most negative reviews posted here. I brought my daughter who is doing sociology at A level and considering a degree in nursing as I thought it would be interesting for both of us. Having...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank NovBee999
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

I found the main focus of the museum completely different from what I had expected. Instead of focussing on the children and human interest stories of the circumstances surrounding the foundlings, the majority of the museum houses a collection of large paintings and portraits of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

I was recommended by a close friend to visit this museum. I would certainly go back as I felt rushed through it by my son's girlfriend. It tells a very sad story.

Date of experience: July 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.