The Foundling Museum

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40 Brunswick Square
Greater London

  • Phone: 020 7841 3600

The Foundling Museum is a force for change. We bring past and present together to stimulate imaginations and enrich young lives. With a campaigning spirit and the courage of our convictions, we celebrate the work of artists and inspire people to take positive action that transforms the lives of children and young people, and creates a lasting impact on society. Established in 1739 by philanthropist Thomas Coram, and continuing today as the children’s charity Coram, the Hospital was set up as an institution ‘for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children’. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth, who encouraged leading artists of the day to donate work, and the composer George Frideric Handel, who gave annual benefit concerts of his Messiah. Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, we celebrate their vision and the ways in which artists and children have inspired each other for over 275 years. Discover the intriguing story behind this important London institution and the children who grew up there, alongside original period interiors, poignant artefacts and inspiring art. Pick up a unique, artist-designed souvenir in our Shop, or attend one of our many events from lunchtime concerts to free talks.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday CLOSED Tuesday CLOSED Wednesday CLOSED Thursday CLOSED Friday 10:00 – 17:00 Saturday 10:00 – 17:00 Sunday 10:00 – 17:00


Adults: £10.50 with donation | £9.50 without donation Concessions: £8.25 with donation | £7.50 without donation FREE for children, Foundling Friends & National Art Pass holders Must book online before coming


  • International Council of Museums
  • National Trust
  • National Art Pass
  • Museums Association

Travel directions:

Rail: Euston, St Pancras, King’s Cross (10 mins walk) Tube: Russell Square (2 mins walk), King’s Cross, St Pancras Bus: 59, 68, 91, 168, 188 to Southampton Row or Russell Square 17 (not evenings), 45, 46 to Gray’s Inn Road 10, 18, 30, 73 to Euston Road; 19, 38, 55, 243 to Theobalds Road

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's play area
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas

Facilities information:


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students

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