The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery.
The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram, as ‘a hospital 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. In doing so, they created London’s first public art gallery and their creative generosity set the template for the ways in which the arts can support philanthropy.
Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events the Foundling Museum celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years. The Museum's weekly programme includes concerts, talks, performances, workshops and drop-in family activities.
Tuesday - Saturday 10.00-17.00
Closed 23 - 26 December, 31 December and 1 January.
Opening times may vary. Please check website for details.
- Is free: No
- Has disability access: Yes
- Has discounts for families: No
- Has discounts for groups: No