In 1739, Thomas Coram founded the first hospital for abandoned children in England. The Foundling Museum is dedicated to showing the story of this hospital, using paintings, sculptures, prints, historical documents and furniture to do so. Indeed, many of these collected items tell their own tales about the hospital and its history too, since works by William Hogarth and composer George Frideric Handel are found here, and these individuals were some of the other people who acted as benefactors to the hospital when it was still open in the 18th century.
The museum also hosts events too, with examples including receptions, dinners, weddings and private events.
Admission costs £7.50 for adults (£8.25 including Gift Aid), £5 for concessions (£5.50 including Gift Aid). Admissions for children under 16 years of age are free, as are admissions for Foundling Friends and Art Fund members. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday (10am to 5pm) and Sundays from 11pm to 5am. It’s closed on Mondays.