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Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum

This intimate, poignant museum pays tribute to the achievements of people suffering with mental health problems. Founded in 1247, the Bethlem Royal Hospital for the mentally ill was the original 'Bedlam' and is where this famous term originates from.

The museum holds a haunting collection of celebrated artworks. The ethereal watercolours of Richard Dadd and the sinister cat paintings of Louis Wain take centre-stage. You will also come across the unsettling but rather grand ‘Raving and Melancholy Madness’ statue, a host of poignant documents, guileless letters and the odd bit of 19th century asylum furnishings.

The museum is a little cramped and the curators advise only to visit in groups under ten. We do advise you make contact with the museum before you travel to avoid disappointment.

Opening and closing times for Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum

Monday:
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23.00
Sunday:
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16.00

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