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About the Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first home for abandoned children.

The museum houses a nationally important art collection as well as the world's largest privately amassed collection of Handel memorabilia.

The museum examines the work of the Foundling Hospital's founder Thomas Coram, as well as the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel, both major benefactors of the institution.

It also illustrates how the Foundling Hospital's charity work for children still carries on today through the child care organisation Coram.

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


Address

Foundling Museum,
40 Brunswick Square,
London,
WC1N 1AZ

Link to Foundling Museum's website

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

 Fighting Talk: One Boy’s Journey from Abandonment to Trafalgar
An exhibition about the eighteenth-century foundling and sailor George King, whose first-hand account of the battle is being shown for the first time.
 Fighting Talk: One Boy’s Journey from Abandonment to Trafalgar
10am to 5pm
Clerkenwell
Ends on Sun 27th February
2021-10-15
2022-02-27
 Friends with benefits: musical networking in Georgian London
Discover the close-knit world of the Georgian music industry, where not what you knew, but who you knew, was of greatest importance.
 Friends with benefits: musical networking in Georgian London
10am to 5pm
Clerkenwell
Ends on Sun 1st May
2021-10-22
2022-05-01

 

Exhibitions opening soon

 Superheroes, Orphans & Origins: 125 years in comics
Enter into the world of superheroes in this first major exhibition to explore the representation of foundlings, orphans, adoptees, and foster children in comics, graphic novels and sequential art from around the globe.
Open from Fri 1st April to Sun 28th August
 Superheroes, Orphans & Origins: 125 years in comics
2022-04-01
2022-08-28
 

Foundling Museum 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 Foundling Museum

The nearest station is Russell Square which is 0.2 miles away.


Foundling Museum - Latest News

Superheroes to go on display at the Foundling Museum
Superheroes to go on display at the Foundling Museum

A new exhibition opening is all about Superheroes, but with a twist — they were all orphaned or abandoned at birth.

Exhibition tells the story of a foundling who fought at Trafalgar
Exhibition tells the story of a foundling who fought at Trafalgar

Given away by his mother, named after a King, fought at Trafalgar and left a rare diary of the life of a sailor, this is an exhibition about the life of one man with an unusual story to tell.

Tickets Alert: An evening of Georgian era confectionery
Tickets Alert: An evening of Georgian era confectionery

Fancy a Friday evening of fancy clothes and sugary delights with the Georgian Dining Academy? That’s what’s on offer at the Foundling Museum in December.

Tickets Alert: Charlie Chaplin anniveray in the historic Wilton’s Music Hall
Tickets Alert: Charlie Chaplin anniveray in the historic Wilton’s Music Hall

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length film as a director, and there will be a special screening in the atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall.

The statue of Thomas Coram in Bloomsbury
The statue of Thomas Coram in Bloomsbury

At a time when there’s much ado about statues of slave traders, here’s a statue of a Good Man, sitting outside the building he is most famous for.

The Covid Letters that say Boris is a Poo
The Covid Letters that say Boris is a Poo

What would happen if lots of children decorated an official government letter and sent them to an artist? An exhibition of subversive thoughts is what — and that’s opened at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury.

Port tasting event

As part of an occasional series of tastings of drinks that achieved their heyday in the 18th century, the Foundling Museum will be hosting an evening of port tastings in March. Their

Gin Tasting in the Foundling Museum

Last night I (along with some friends) had tickets to a gin tasting event being hosted by the Foundling Museum. The Museum is on the site of Britain’s original home for abandoned children and London’s first ever public art gallery

Gin tasting event in a museum

An apt follow up to my recent tour of the Beefeater Distillery is this evening event at the Foundling Museum – a guided tasting of different gins being held on a Friday evening (7th Nov), so an ideal way to

 

Recent exhibitions

The relationship between language and the living world is celebrated in this exhibition of poetry and illustration
2018-01-19
2018-05-06
British artist Jodie Carey creates three new site-responsive installations.
2018-05-25
2018-09-02
Bedrooms of London
A photographic exhibition documenting the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children.
2019-04-02
2019-05-05
Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain
Discover what it was like to go to a show in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain
2019-09-20
2020-01-05
Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media
An exhibition exploring representations of the pregnant female body through portraits, over 500 years.
2020-01-24
2020-03-18
The Covid Letters
Jonny Banger, designer and owner of subversive fashion label Sports Banger, shows the work he gathered from the nation’s children during lockdown.
2020-10-24
2020-11-01

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