Foundling Museum

Museums Bloomsbury
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Foundling Museum
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The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, England’s first hospital for abandoned children, founded by Thomas Coram in 1739. It houses a fine collection of paintings by artists including Gainsborough, Reynolds, Hogarth and Hudson. Also on display are eighteenth-century interiors preserved from the original hospital, a copy of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and a collection of Handel memorabilia collected by Gerald Coke. The composer was involved in fundraising for the hospital during his lifetime – in 1750 he donated the chapel organ and from that year onwards the ‘Messiah’ was performed under his direction on an annual basis for the Hospital’s benefit. Foundling Museum family trails and children's activity backpacks are available at the reception desk.


Venue name: Foundling Museum
Address: 40 Brunswick Square
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Closed Mon
Transport: Tube: Russell Square
Price: £7.50, concs £5, under-16s free
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  • Until Sunday April 30 2017

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Chris W

Tucked-away in Bloomsbury, the Foundling Museum has a brilliant collection of eighteenth-century art, and a truly moving London story to tell. The way that English society treated its unwanted children over the centuries really does write an alternative history of this city. A display of oral histories from twentieth-century foundlings is particularly affecting. It also hosts some great temporary exhibitions. The 2015 one on the figure of the 'fallen woman' was fascinating.