Foundling Museum

Back to Front Weekend by Yinka Shonibare 2014 © The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children’s charity established by Royal Charter in 1739.


The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery. Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, the museum celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children's lives for more than 275 years.

The moving story of the Foundling Hospital, and the children who grew up there, is revealed through artworks, objects and archival documents. Paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics are also displayed in beautiful 18th-century interiors, reconstructed from the original Hospital building.

The Museum also holds the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, an internationally-important collection of material relating to composer George Frideric Handel and his contemporaries.

The Museum regularly hosts concerts, talks, performances, workshops and drop-in family activities.

A cloakroom and baby changing facilities are available. The Foundling Museum Café serves a selection of hot and cold food, drinks and cakes during opening hours. The Museum shop offers a range of books, CDs, cards and gifts relating to the Collections and exhibitions, including contemporary jewellery, stationery and children’s books.

The Museum has ramped access, a lift to all floors and accessible toilets. A wheelchair, facilities for guide dogs, large print interpretation texts and magnifying glasses are also available on request.

Prices and opening times

Concession ticket £7.50 to £8.25 per ticket
Adult ticket. £9.50 to £10.50 per ticket

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: 11am to 5pm

Monday: closed

Venue Details & Map

Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square
+44 (0)20 7841 3600
[email protected]
Public transport:
Tube: Russell Square, King’s Cross St Pancras, Euston Train: King’s Cross St Pancras International, Euston From Russell Square: Turn right out of the tube station, left at the mini roundabout onto Hunter Street and first right onto Brunswick Square

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