The Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury is a dedicated celebration and monument to the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first-ever children’s charity established over two hundred years ago. In response to an all too common issue in eighteenth-century England, Thomas Coram pursued a Royal Charter to enable him to care for children, usually babies, that had been abandoned by parents to be discovered and cared for by others – known as ‘Foundlings’.
The Foundling Museum celebrates the way creatives helped support and improved the lives of children. It is responsible for the care and maintenance of two collections – the Foundling Hospital Collection and the Foundling Museum Collection. These paintings and sculptures, donated by the artists themselves, were given in order to support the Foundling Hospital and effectively made the institution the UK’s first public art gallery.
Alongside the magnificent collections are a host of everyday objects and items used in the Foundling Hospital, and a series of rooms reconstructed to tell the moving and sad stories of how children ended up in the home. You will also find regular and new exhibitions and events happening at the museum such as Superheroes, Orphans & Origins: 125 years in comics, as well as displays of items reflecting the varied interests and achievements of famous philanthropists, artists, politicians and others throughout the years.
40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ.
We’ve included a Google Maps route to help guide you there.
As you stroll out through our entrance, face the gardens opposite you and walk right. Take your first right onto Marchmont St and then almost immediately your first left onto Tavistock Place. Head down the road until you reach the traffic lights and cross right onto Hunter Street. Walk down Hunter Street and take your second left, just before Brunswick Square Gardens and you’ll surely arrive at the Foundling Museum.