The Foundling Museum

 
 
ADDRESS
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Tue to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm, Closed Mon
 
PRICES
£7.50 (Adults), £5 (Concs), Free (Children up to 16 years) | Special rates for groups and school visits by appointment
 

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The Foundling MuseumThe Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells their story. Using oral testimony, original artefacts and photographs, their history is explored and compared to the lives of contemporary children. In addition, the museum displays works by the many artists who became governors of the hospital, including William Hogarth and Handel. It's all housed in interiors preserved from the 18th century. There are very few museums in London that offer such a fascinating history. Each month the museum hosts a variety of afternoon concerts in the Picture Gallery which are free with museum admission. Concerts and recitals usually take place at Thursday lunchtimes, one Sunday in the middle of the month and the last Friday of each month.

 

The Foundling Museum events

 
Geoffrey Preston: Lines Of BeautyGeoffrey Preston: Lines Of BeautyA review of the 400-year-old tradition of decorative plasterwork, from the Rococo splendour of the Foundling Hospital Court Room to the contemporary designs of master craftsman Geoffrey Preston.2015-09-04T10:00:00+01002015-09-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Geoffrey Preston: Lines Of Beauty
26 Pairs Of Eyes26 Pairs Of EyesTwenty-six sestudes, written works that feature exactly 62 words, shown alongside the artefacts from the collection that inspired their creation. Featuring works by writers including former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion.2015-09-04T10:00:00+01002015-09-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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26 Pairs Of Eyes
Foundlings At War: Military BandsFoundlings At War: Military Bands2015-09-04T10:00:00+01002015-10-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Foundlings At War: Military Bands
The Askew SistersThe Askew SistersThe two-piece performs folk.2015-09-11T19:00:00+01002015-09-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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The Askew Sisters
Dawn ChorusDawn ChorusAlan Paisley and Peter Dear lead a walk offering the chance to hear early morning bird song.2015-09-25T10:00:00+01002015-09-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Dawn Chorus
The Fallen WomanThe Fallen WomanThrough its new exhibition the Foundling Museum explores the myth and reality of The Fallen Woman in Victorian Britain through paintings and popular media of the period. In an age when sexual innocence was highly valued and it was only deemed appropriate for women to have sex within marriage, the loss of chastity of an unwed woman had multiple repe2015-09-25T00:00:00+01002016-01-03T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Painting
DATES  25th September 2015 to 3rd January 2016
Through its new exhibition the Foundling Museum explores the myth and reality of The Fallen Woman in Victorian Britain through paintings and popular media of the period. In an age when sexual innocence was highly valued and it was only deemed appropriate for women to have sex within marriage, the loss of chastity of an unwed woman had multiple repe... More about this event
Superman Was A FoundlingSuperman Was A FoundlingAward-winning writer Lemn Sissay MBE presents a visual exploration of the character who has come to play an important role in our culture.2015-09-25T10:00:00+01002016-07-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Superman Was A Foundling
Martin CarthyMartin CarthyTraditional and contemporary folk by the renowned singer-guitarist and the fiddler2015-10-09T19:00:00+01002015-10-09T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Martin Carthy
Meads Mysterious MedicinesMeads Mysterious MedicinesChildren from Great Ormond Street Hospital have created animations and medicine bottles inspired by the eighteenth century medical recipes of the Foundling Hospital Governor, Dr Richard Mead.2015-11-30T22:00:00+00002015-11-30T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Ongoing
Meads Mysterious Medicines
 

The Foundling Museum images

The Foundling Museum  Bust of Handel  

   
The Foundling Museum - Bust of Handel

The Foundling Museum Bust of Handel 

Opening and closing times for The Foundling Museum

Today (Friday) The Foundling Museum closes at 17.00

Monday:

Closed
 
 

Tuesday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Wednesday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Thursday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

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10.00
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17.00
 
 

Saturday:

10.00
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17.00
 
 

Sunday:

11.00
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17.00
 
 

LondonTown.com - The Foundling Museum Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Russell Square Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
King's Cross Tube Station
 
7 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Camden Road Overground Station
 
27 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Brunswick Square NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
Judd Street NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Egg Hunts

Hopping Mad! | Chocolate Bunny Hunt The Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ 3rd & 4th April 2010 Create and make Easter-themed items at the Foundling Museum on...

 
 
Egg Hunts

Easter Egg Hunt at The Foundling Museum The Foundling Museum, WC1N 1AZ 11th April 2009 The Foundling Museum and nearby posh chocolate shop Chocolat...

 
 
Egg Hunts

All Day Easter Trail at The Foundling Museum 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ Easter Saturday, 22nd March 2008 Combine an Easter trail with some fun learning at ...

 
 
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With an exciting calendar of entertainment, 2015 is another special year in London. Find out what's happening throughout the capital with our thorough guide to the best 2015 London events.

 
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    London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £49  21% off
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    London > Attractions > Museums
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    93 Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    Gagosian Gallery Britannia Street
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    The Railway Children
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 16th December 2014 to 3rd January 2016
    King's Cross Railway Station, Euston Road, N1 | 9 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    Mike Kenny's Olivier Award-winning adaptation of The Railway Children, staged at Waterloo three years ago, is now arriving at King's Cross Theatre. E Nesbitt's classic tale ...More
     
     
     
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    War Horse
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 13th February 2016
    New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 13 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
     
     
     
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    Motown The Musical
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 11th February to 22nd October 2016
    Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | 13 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West ...More
     
     
     
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    Curzon Bloomsbury
    London > Entertainment > Cinemas
    The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    The arthouse Renoir Cinema underwent a major refurbishment in 2015 by The Curzon Cinema Group. Reopening as the Curzon Bloomsbury, the new name pays homage to ... More
     
     
     
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    The Horse Hospital
    London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
    30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    As the name suggests, The Horse Hospital wasn't always the modern arts venue it is today. Once home to sick and injured horses - many references ... More
     
     
     
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    London > Entertainment > Live Music
    275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, the Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The ... More
     
     
     
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    70 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    The School of Life offers so much more than your average shopping experience. In fact, it doesn't do it justice to label it a mere shop ... More
     
     
     
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    Gay's the Word
    London > Shopping > Books
    66 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    A broad selection of gay and lesbian interest books ranging from fiction, through biography, travel and counselling. Magazines and cards are also on offer.... More
     
     
     
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    London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
    58 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
    U28 The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    This chain of juice bars squishes together a delightful variety of flavoursome, healthy drinks. They press fresh juice fruit right in front of you, and blend ... More
     
     
     
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    London > Restaurants > International restaurants
    19-21 Brunswick Centre, Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    The family friendly Giraffe restaurants really appeal to their target audience: kids. But that doesn't mean adults won't enjoy their bright colours and big portions too. ... More
     
     
     
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    Strada
    London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
    15-17 Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    London > Education > Evening Classes
    17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
    London's specialist venue for contemporary dance, The Place plays a role in every aspect of this fast-growing art form. The London Contemporary Dance School offers degrees ... More
     
     
     
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    School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
    London > Education > Universities and Colleges
    Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 8 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    31 Theobalds Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1X | 8 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    The Harrison
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    28 Harrison Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    The Lamb
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    94 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    London > Nightlife > Bars
    63 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    257-259 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, King's Cross, London N1 | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, King's Cross, London N1 | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
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    Geoffrey Preston: Lines Of Beauty
    Exhibitions | Until 6th September 2015 

    The Foundling Museum

    A review of the 400-year-old tradition of decorative plasterwork, from the Rococo splendour of the Foundling Hospital Court Room to ...More

    26 Pairs Of Eyes
    Exhibitions | Until 26th September 2015 

    The Foundling Museum

    Twenty-six sestudes, written works that feature exactly 62 words, shown alongside the artefacts from the collection that inspired their creation. ...More

    Brion Gysin: Unseen Collaborator
    Exhibitions | Until 3rd October 2015 

    October Gallery 6 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

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    Missionaries and Idols in Polynesia
    Exhibitions | Until 26th September 2015 

    School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 7 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

    Missionaries and Idols in Polynesia at the Brunei Gallery within SOAS documents the London Missionary Society from 1792 to 1825, ...More

    Cornelia Parker: One More Time
    Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2015 

    St Pancras International Station 8 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

    A site-specific sculpture, replicating the station's DENT London clock in black and silver, which is suspended from wires 16 metres ...More

    Animal Tales
    Exhibitions | Until 1st November 2015 

    British Library 8 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

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    Speirs + Major: HALFLIFE
    Speirs + Major: HALFLIFE
    Exhibitions | Until 6th March 2016 

    King's Cross Foot Tunnel 8 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

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    Language Courses In Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian-Portuguese And German
    Exhibitions | Until 25th September 2015 

    Conway Hall 8 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

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    No Colour Bar: Black British Art In Action 1960-1990
    Exhibitions | Until 24th January 2016 

    Guildhall Art Gallery 8 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

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