The Foundling Museum is situated on the site of the
Foundling Hospital, which was famously the United Kingdom’s first home
for abandoned children. The Foundling Museum is one of the popular
London attractions with those tourists fascinated by English history.
The Foundling Hospital opened in 1739, the brainchild of the famous 18th century philanthropist, Thomas Coram. The term ‘hospital’ was used in a more general sense than the medically-specific term we use today. The Foundling Museum commemorates how this large-scale children’s home continued to act in this way until 1954. The original charity is still in existence today, under the name of the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children.
Highlights at the Foundling Museum include the Gerald Coke Handel Collection; the Committee Room, where baby-abandoning mothers would be interviewed in relation to their babies’ suitability for admission; the Picture Gallery; and the Court Room.
Nearest Tube/Railway StationRussell Square (Piccadilly Line)
BoroughLondon Borough of Camden
Under 16s: Free
Opening TimesMonday: closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Address / Contact DetailsFoundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ
020 7841 3600
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