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Foundling Museum

Top Tips:

  • Cloakroom and baby changing facilities are available.
  • Afterwards head to Coram Fields, a park exclusively for kids (and their parents/carers)
  • Look out for great activities during half terms and holidays
  • If you’re still interested in children’s history, the Museum of Childhood is worth a visit.

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital. It was the UK’s first children’s charity, and the first public art gallery. The Hospital was founded in 1739 by Thomas Coram to care for babies at the risk of abandonment. He was helped in his mission by two very famous men, the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. The Museum brings together history and art and a little bit of music too.

 

There are paintings, records and artefacts showing how the children lived in the hospital from 1741 all the way until 1956. This included tokens mothers left with their babies in the vain hope that they would be reunited someday. Be sure the check out The Gerald Coke Handel Collection. It’s an internationally recognised collection of material relating to Handel. He would devise annual performance of his Messiah in order to raise money for the hospital.

 

The Museum regularly hosts concerts, talks, performances, workshops and drop-in family activities so keep an eye on their website for that info. The Foundling Museum Café serves a selection of hot and cold food, drinks and cakes. The museum shop is a must if you want to leave with a souvenir reminder of a great day.

 

 

Click here for information about the Foundling Museum’s access policies.


Booking Advice:

  • Kids go FREE
  • Tickets can be bought on the door
  • National Trust members get 50% off admission if they present a valid National Trust England card

VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

40 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AZ

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7841 3600

Website:

How to get there:

Nearest Tube: Russell Square

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Teen Verdict

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Jim

I wouldn’t put this high on a list for must-do places but it’s another great one for history buffs. I enjoyed it mostly because I always like exploring places that hold a lot of stories but I could see that this wouldn’t hit the spot for all teenagers so keep that in mind. For young kids and families I think it would be great because it’s a real learning experience.

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • Jacqueline Wilson book fans should definitely do the Hetty Feather trail (small fee).
  • There’s a dressing up rail in the Picture Gallery which will give you longer to see the room.
  • Kids will like using the mirrors available to see the ceiling in The Court Room.
  • Kids will probably enjoy the ground floor gallery most so you may want to start at the top and work down so you don’t have whining about having to head upstairs.
  • Take a picnic to nearby Coram’s Fields afterwards.

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com

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