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Foundling Museum

KidRated’s Foundling Museum Top Tips:

  • 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, Museum of Childhood is worth a visit

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, 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 which looked after children from 1741 all the way until 1956, including tokens mothers left with their babies in the vain hope that they would be reunited someday. And the Gerald Coke Handel Collection is an international recognised collection of material relating to Handel who would devise annual performance of his Messiah in order to raise money for the hospital.



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



40 Brunswick Square

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7841 3600


Opening hours:

Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday, 11:00 - 17:00
Monday closed

How to get there:

Nearest Tube: Russel Square


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About London Laura Porter

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.

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