Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum

 
 
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The Bethlem Royal Hospital Monks Orchard Road BROMLEY, BR3 3BX
 
 
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This intimate, poignant museum pays tribute to the achievements of people suffering with mental health problems. Founded in 1247, the Bethlem Royal Hospital for the mentally ill was the original 'Bedlam' and is where this famous term originates from.

The museum holds a haunting collection of celebrated artworks. The ethereal watercolours of Richard Dadd and the sinister cat paintings of Louis Wain take centre-stage. You will also come across the unsettling but rather grand ‘Raving and Melancholy Madness’ statue, a host of poignant documents, guileless letters and the odd bit of 19th century asylum furnishings.

The museum is a little cramped and the curators advise only to visit in groups under ten. We do advise you make contact with the museum before you travel to avoid disappointment.

 

Opening and closing times for Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum

Monday:

6.00
-
Midnight
 
 

Saturday:

Midnight
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23.00
 
 

Sunday:

10.00
-
16.00
 
 

LondonTown.com - Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum Location Map

 
 
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
West Wickham Railway Station
 
13 minutes walk
 
Eden Park Railway Station
 
13 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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