The Foundling Museum

Museum in Bloomsbury rated 9 / 10 from 1 review
The Foundling Museum image
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AZ
020 7841 3600
Nearest Station
Russell Square
0.24 miles

Britain's original home for abandoned children and London's first ever public art gallery.

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, London's first home for abandoned children and of three major figures in British history: its campaigning founder the philanthropist Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. This remarkable collection of art, period interiors and social history is now housed in a restored and refurbished building adjacent to the original site of the Hospital, demolished in 1926.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00, Sunday: 11.00 - 17.00
Closed on Mondays

The Foundling Museum Picture Gallery

The Foundling Museum Picture


Handel's Will: Life & Legacy

Foundling Museum

Friday 20th of October 2023 to Sunday 30th of June 2024

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Visit the UK's first hospital for abandoned children picture

Visit the UK's first hospital for abandoned children

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User Reviews


Nov 2, 2023

Lovely museum with very friendly and helpful staff and volunteers. The museum is both about the Foundling Hospital's history but also a gallery displaying artwork including changing exhibitions. Really well presented and it was great to find out more about London's foundlings and their supporters.

Sep 3, 2008

This is my favourite museum in London. It is beautifully presented with paintings and music history and everything is tied together with the story of the children that grew up without their parents in that orphanage, Thomas Coram's Foundling Hospital. You never get bored.