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The Foundling Museum

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Address: 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7841 3600
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Thought provoking insight into how foundling children were provided for

I have often walked past this museum so thought it was time to step inside. Our Sunday afternoon visit coincided with some screenings of short films and I thoroughly enjoyed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

very badly displayed with bad lighting, I was so looking forward to being a part of it, but left disappointed.

Thank 451Rosamond
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A small museum, but has wonderful exhibits from a tragic era. Very sad to see the tokens left by mothers, but heartening to learn about the possibilities given to the children even if they were abandoned. A lovely building, although the cafe was unfortunately closed when we were there. Make sure you listen to the recordings of people who were... More 

Thank Barbara G
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have often walked past this museum so thought it was time to step inside. Our Sunday afternoon visit coincided with some screenings of short films and I thoroughly enjoyed these, even if the selection was a rather odd combination. The permanent museum displays are not that extensive considering the size of the building, but they do provide a thought... More 

Thank Corb2000
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were walking from our hotel with no particular goal in mind when we saw a sign for the Foundling Museum. We knew a little about it so thought we'd spend some time there - and were very glad that we made this decision. A friendly reception, which included telling us that our National Trust membership entitled us to a... More 

Thank MichCL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was recommended to us as an unusual place to contemplate the history of ordinary London people. It tells the story of the institution that was set up by philanthropist Thomas Coram in 1739 to look after children who were being abandoned on the streets. The charity Coram, the successor to this first children's charity, is still working to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our 13 year old and 9 year old. It was our 9 year old that wanted to visit the most as she's been reading the Hetty Feather books. This little museum has a Hetty Feather trail which my daughter loved. She also got to dress up. It was really interesting learning about the foundling children. The top... More 

Thank Angela F
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended an evening opera event here and it is a fascinating place to visit. Just around the corner from Kings Cross. They have a really good collection of art which is world renowned. Staff are very helpful and friendly. Make this part of your visit to London.

Thank DaveC95
Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Poignant but very small exhibition in this lovely building, the rest of which houses an art exhibition. We had looked at most things within half an hour so don't plan especially to see it if you have limited time in London and have a budget. Very sad to hear the experiences of the last young people within this type of... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We visited the Foundling museum on Sunday after watching every episode of Hetty Feather! Greeted on arrival by a lovely guy where we collected our Hetty Feather trail books. Only a small museum however enough to keep both my children entertained, aged 5 and 11.

Thank Claire K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Spent a couple of hours looking round the museum shich was really interesting and nicely set out. Would recommend the feeding the 400 exhibition downstairs too. Staff were all lovely and helpful and the cafe had did a brilliant smashed avocado on toast and salad !

Thank hedgehogz

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