Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum  

 
 
ADDRESS
The Bethlem Royal Hospital Monks Orchard Road BROMLEY, BR3 3BX
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon: 6am-12midnight; Tue-Fri: 12midnight-12midnight; Sat: 12midnight-11pm; Sun: 10am-4pm
 

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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.

 

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Railway Stations

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West Wickham Railway Station
 
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Eden Park Railway Station
 
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330-332 Brockley Road, SE4 | 5.2 miles from Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum
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