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The Foundling Museum

#226 of 1,530 things to do in London
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Address: 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ, England
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+44 20 7841 3600
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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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An insightful and sensitively curated museum

I had no idea of the poverty that existed in my hometown of London. The foundling charity rescued abandoned babies and gave them a home, food an education. Although regimented and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Karen M
Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We booked a guide for our group and she was brilliant. This was our first visit and I will be recommending it to everyone - so sad yet so uplifting. Tokens left by Mothers to identify their babies, uniforms and a bed on display, plus some lovely paintings and a section on Handel. We need to return as we could... More 

Thank lizzyb28
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This fascinating museum tells the story of the only foundling home in the uk. It operated for around 250 years. Lots of information on the displays and a number of rooms from the original building have been reconstructed.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had no idea of the poverty that existed in my hometown of London. The foundling charity rescued abandoned babies and gave them a home, food an education. Although regimented and strict, at least the foundling babies were not abandoned on the streets like so many. Well worth a visit. Also the first art gallery in England.

Thank Karen M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Foundling Hospital benefited from Messiah performances and Handel left a trove of manuscripts to it. It was interesting to visit and to have a sense of the role of orphans in the 18th century, but I wouldn't say a visit here is essential. Just interesting.

Thank trackervienna
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A stone's throw from The Brunswick, this museum was a tiny treasure. The Foundling Hospital was where abandoned children were housed, fed and educated, and received patronage from several British artists. The ground floor contained exhibits to do with the foundlings, or children under the care of the hospital, from audio interviews to the actual beds used in the hospital.... More 

Thank Hope C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was recommended by guests at the hotel where we were staying (although we are regular visitors to London, we had never heard of it). It really is worth a visit. It provides a fascinating (and very moving) record of what life was like for many women with babies in the 18th century, and gives the history of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When visiting a museum one expects to learn something about the past, which hopefully might shed light on the present, whilst being amused. This museum does all of this. Thomas Coram, who was mortified upon his return to England to find there were no institutions to take care of foundlings, worked long and hard to set up the hospital. When... More 

Thank Rosamund W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Had been looking forward to this visit for some time,and it did not disappoint.Peaceful little gem of a place on a Sunday morning.Very moving ,but heartening also. The staff were wonderful and gave lots in insight into the daily lives and history.To sit and listen to music in the comfy armchairs was an unexpected treat. Sadly did not try the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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 19 November 2016

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 

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