The Foundling Museum  

 
 
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40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Tue to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm, Closed Mon
 
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£7.50 (Adults), £5 (Concs), Free (Children up to 16 years) | Special rates for groups and school visits by appointment
 

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The Foundling MuseumThe Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells their story. Using oral testimony, original artefacts and photographs, their history is explored and compared to the lives of contemporary children. In addition, the museum displays works by the many artists who became governors of the hospital, including William Hogarth and Handel. It's all housed in interiors preserved from the 18th century. There are very few museums in London that offer such a fascinating history. Each month the museum hosts a variety of afternoon concerts in the Picture Gallery which are free with museum admission. Concerts and recitals usually take place at Thursday lunchtimes, one Sunday in the middle of the month and the last Friday of each month.

 

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FoundFoundFor this major exhibition, Foundling Fellow Cornelia Parker has invited over sixty outstanding artists from a range of creative disciplines to respond to the theme of 'found', reflecting on the Museum's heritage.2016-05-31T10:00:00+01002016-09-04T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Found
Superman Was A FoundlingSuperman Was A FoundlingAward-winning writer Lemn Sissay MBE presents a visual exploration of the character who has come to play an important role in our culture.2016-05-31T10:00:00+01002016-07-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Ongoing
Superman Was A Foundling
Folk At The Foundling: AlmaFolk At The Foundling: Alma2016-06-03T19:00:00+01002016-06-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Folk At The Foundling: Alma
United We Stand: Artists & Collective ActionUnited We Stand: Artists & Collective ActionThis panel discussion considers the forces that motivate artists to act collectively, today and in the past. Speakers on the topic include, artist Bob and Roberta Smith, Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, design historian Dr Tanya Harrod, and Louise Jury, Director of Communications & Strategy at Creative Industries Federation.2016-06-08T18:30:00+01002016-06-08T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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United We Stand: Artists & Collective Action
Bach to Baby Family ConcertBach to Baby Family Concert2016-06-16T10:30:00+01002016-06-16T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Bach to Baby Family Concert
Foundling Sunday: Cornelia ParkerFoundling Sunday: Cornelia Parker2016-07-03T14:00:00+01002016-07-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Foundling Museum, 40  Brunswick Square      WC1N 1AZ
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Free Event 
Foundling Sunday: Cornelia Parker
 

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LondonTown.com - The Foundling Museum Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Russell Square Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
King's Cross Tube Station
 
7 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Camden Road Overground Station
 
27 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Judd Street NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
Brunswick Square NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Goodenough Club
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £66  22% off
23 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Blending the traditional with the modern, the Goodenbough Club aims to help guests make a home away from home with its four-star accommodation. Housed within five ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £60  36% off
Coram Street, WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
This is a smart, modern hotel located in one of the Capital's oldest and most beautiful areas. Bloomsbury is a great place to stay since it's ... More
 
 
 
Hotel Russell London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £68  28% off
Russell Square, WC1B | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The Hotel Russell is a huge Victorian pile with stately art deco reception rooms and luxurious accommodation. The opulent public areas have recently undergone a £20 ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Museums nearest The Foundling Museum

Nearest to The Foundling Museum
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Charles Dickens Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Charles Dickens brought London to life with his imaginative depictions of city life and his fascination and passion for the foggy Victorian streets have inspired two ... More
 
 
 
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The Wiener Library
London > Attractions > Museums
29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 7 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The Wiener Library is the world's oldest library dedicated to the study of the Holocaust, its causes and legacies. The library also hosts a regular programme ... More
 
 
 
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Karen Hamilton Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
4 The Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Coram's Fields
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
93 Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Coram's Fields is a special place for children where adults are allowed in only if accompanied by a child. Tucked away in the city centre it ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Russell Square
London > Attractions >
Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The grade II listed Russell Square is a large green space located within the Bloomsbury district with its own cafe, overlooked by the Hotel Russell and ... More
 
 
 
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Superman Was A Foundling
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 25th September 2015 to 1st July 2016 - Various Times
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N | Same location as The Foundling Museum
Award-winning writer Lemn Sissay MBE presents a visual exploration of the character who has come to play an important role in our culture....More
 
 
 
Today Only
The Schadenfreude Cabaret Presents The Platypus Playpen
London > Events > Comedy  Dates: Tuesday 31st May 2016 - 7.30pm-10pm
The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Character comedy from Lolly Adefope, plus stand-ups Phil Jerrod, Ed Gamble, Jamali Maddix, Sofie Hagen, Sadia Azmat and MC Abigolia Schumaun....More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
On Soon
Made London - Bloomsbury
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 29th April, 30th April and 1st May 2016
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, WC1H | 5 minutes from The Foundling Museum
A new companion show to Made London in October - one of the top selling events for designer makers in Europe - Made London Bloomsbury will ...More
 
 
 
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Brunswick Square
London > Entertainment >
Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | Same location as The Foundling Museum
... More
 
 
 
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Curzon Bloomsbury
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The arthouse Renoir Cinema underwent a major refurbishment in 2015 by The Curzon Cinema Group. Reopening as the Curzon Bloomsbury, the new name pays homage to ... More
 
 
 
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The Horse Hospital
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
As the name suggests, The Horse Hospital wasn't always the modern arts venue it is today. Once home to sick and injured horses - many references ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near The Foundling Museum

The best shops and markets near The Foundling Museum
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Gay's the Word
London > Shopping > Books
66 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
A broad selection of gay and lesbian interest books ranging from fiction, through biography, travel and counselling. Magazines and cards are also on offer.... More
 
 
 
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Alara Wholefoods
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
58 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Alara Wholefoods Health shop on Marchmont Street has been recommended by one of our readers, poet Kim Morrissey, who took the trouble to write in to ... More
 
 
 
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School of Life
London > Shopping > Specialists
70 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The School of Life offers so much more than your average shopping experience. In fact, it doesn't do it justice to label it a mere shop ... More
 
 
 
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Crussh
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
U28 The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
This chain of juice bars squishes together a delightful variety of flavoursome, healthy drinks. They press fresh juice fruit right in front of you, and blend ... More
 
 
 
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Giraffe - Brunswick Centre
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
19-21 Brunswick Centre, Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
The family friendly Giraffe restaurants really appeal to their target audience: kids. But that doesn't mean adults won't enjoy their bright colours and big portions too. ... More
 
 
 
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Strada
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
15-17 Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
This branch of the popular pizza/pasta chain Strada is in the Brunswick Centre, a popular destination for eating out and shopping in the Bloomsbury area. The ... More
 
 
 
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School of Pharmacy
London > Education > Medical Schools
29-39 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 1 minute from The Foundling Museum
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London Swing Dance Society
London > Education > Evening Classes
31 Rashleigh House, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Wedding Survival, Lindy Hop, Boogie-Woogie, Ballroom, Shim Sham, Charleston, Lead & Follow, Styling... More
 
 
 
Eastman Dental Hospital
London > Education > Professional Training
256 Gray's Inn Road, Clerkenwell, London WC1X | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Student support ... More
 
 
 
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Physique
London > Leisure > Fitness
Clare Court, Judd Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Public Fitness Club ... More
 
 
 
Corams Fields Sports Area
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
93 Guildford Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
... More
 
 
 
Cannons Health Club and Spa
London > Leisure > Fitness
Meklenburgh Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Cannons health clubs are a growing collection of private members health clubs focusing on adult and family orientated health, fitness and relaxation facilities. They offer the ... More
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London The Foundling Museum.
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The Harrison
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Harrison Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Originally built in the 1880s by Samuel Harrison to refresh the workers in his shoe factory, The Harrison pub's current building dates back to 1934. Owned ... More
 
 
 
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Marquis Cornwallis
London > Nightlife > Pubs
31 Marchmont Street, WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Always a popular choice for local workers and tourists taking in the delights of Bloomsbury, Marquis Cornwallis , located on Marchmont Street, close ... More
 
 
 
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The Lamb
London > Nightlife > Pubs
94 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
On the peaceful, pedestrianised Lamb's Conduit Street, hidden behind an 18th century facade, is The Lamb, a beautifully preserved Grade II listed Victorian pub. The pub ... More
 
 
 
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The Foundling Museum clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Callaghan's
London > Nightlife > Bars
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Hidden in the lobby of Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Callaghan's does surprisingly well at offering genuine Irish hospitality. True to the traditions of those friendly ... More
 
 
 
Lord John Russell
London > Nightlife >
91 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 4 minutes from The Foundling Museum
... More
 
 
 
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The Perseverance
London > Nightlife > Bars
63 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Formerly run by Billy Drew (who has opened The Chippy in Soho), The Perseverance in Lamb's Conduit Street re-opened in April 2007 under new management. It's ... More
 
 
 
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The Foundling Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | Same location as The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ... More
 
 
 
London House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Meckenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 1 minute from The Foundling Museum
... More
 
 
 
Renoir cinema
London > Business > Venue Hire
Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Foundling Museum
Almost invisible in the ridiculous 1960s sci-fi architecture of the Brunswick Centre, the two-screen arthouse Renoir Cinema is a firm favourite with London's film buffs. It ... More
 
 
 
 

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The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
Dance | Until 10th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Foundling Museum

After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ...More

 
The Invitation
Dance | Until 11th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Foundling Museum

Kenneth MacMillan's gripping ballet, The Invitation , brings a complex exploration of innocence and moral corruption to the ...More

Oedipe
Concerts | Until 8th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Foundling Museum

Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan perform in The Royal Opera House ...More

Obsidian Tear
Dance | Until 11th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Foundling Museum

Multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his new ballet Obsidian Tear , which is given its ...More

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Foundling Museum

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Royal Ballet:Obsidian Tear/The Invitation/Within The Golden Hour
Dance | Until 11th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Foundling Museum

A world premiere from McGregor, a dark drama from MacMillan and acclaimed ensemble work from Wheeldon....More

Insights: Behind The Scenes: ROH Chorus: Talk
Exhibitions | On 31st May 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Foundling Museum

Learn more about this hard-working group of people....More

Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

Plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on ...More

 
May Half-Term Family Fun Activities: The Poster Party
May Half-Term Family Fun Activities: The Poster Party
Tours | Until 5th June 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

The Poster Party takes place throughout the May half term, from 28th May until 5th June 2016, with storytelling and ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 30th July 2016 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from The Foundling Museum

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
 
 
 
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