Bethlem Museum of the Mind - Prices, opening hours, news, events and exhibitions

About the Bethlem Museum of the Mind

The Bethlem Museum of the Mind records the lives and experience and celebrates the achievements of people with mental health problems.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Bethlem Museum of the Mind,
Bethlem Royal Hospital,
Monks Orchard Road,
Beckenham,
Kent,
BR3 3BX

Link to Bethlem Museum of the Mind's website

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain
Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain reintroduces the public to the resplendent work of this lately overlooked figure.
Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain
10am to 5pm
Beckenham
Ends on Sat 2nd April
2021-12-04
2022-04-02
 

Bethlem Museum of the Mind Map

 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to wear a face mask when visiting?

The UK government does not require face masks to be work indoors at the moment, but many venues ask people to wear them, and can refuse entry if they need to.

What's the nearest railway station to Bethlem Museum of the Mind

The nearest station is West Wickham which is 0.6 miles away.


Bethlem Museum of the Mind - Latest News

Louis Wain’s kaleidoscopic cats fills a gallery with colour
Louis Wain’s kaleidoscopic cats fills a gallery with colour

One Christmas, a patient in a psychiatric hospital was asked to help with the decorations, and he painted Jesus on a mirror, but no ordinary Jesus, this was Jesus as a cat, and the patient was Louis Wain.

Bethlem’s Museum of the Mind
Bethlem’s Museum of the Mind

Next month will be probably the last chance to visit an old museum in the grounds of the Bethlem hospital before it closes for good.

 

Recent exhibitions

This artwork is a materialisation of the paranoid delusion of James Tilly Matthews, a Bethlem patient of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
2017-01-04
2017-02-24
A temporary exhibition showcasing sculptures created by wounded, sick and injured service personnel and their families.
2017-10-07
2018-02-23
This exhibition explores Pell’s art, life, identity and search for sanctuary.
2018-03-21
2018-08-31
In this solo show, artist-photographer Mark Neville documents the everyday life of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the oldest residential psychiatric treatment facility in the UK.
2018-09-26
2019-01-04
The exhibition is an exploration of how the proposed causes and cures are represented within the art collection of Bethlem Museum of the Mind.
2019-01-16
2019-04-26
Brilliant Visions presents drawings and paintings by Surrealist artists who took part in the Guttman-Maclay mescaline experiments of the 1930s.
2019-05-01
2019-08-30

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