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The Foundling Museum

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The Foundling Museum is one the best museums near London located 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ, UK.
The international phone number of this museum is +44 20 7841 3600


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This museum has a very interesting and quite a sad story to tell. There is really only one room dedicated to telling this story and it does have some informative displays with written documents and all sorts of tokens left for the abandoned children from their mothers. However the most interesting part of the story was a video from people (now elderly adults) who lived at the foundling house during the 40's,50's. You really get a feel of what the children left behind would of experienced​ and it's not a good one. But unfortunately the screen is put in a really awkward place. Everyone has to stand in an area which is in front of other displays in quite a small little area, and you have to crane your neck as the screen is quite high up. It could do with a separate dedicated area for this video. The rest of the building is really an art gallery of all the male, pale and stale men who at some point had something to do with the house. All very honourable men I'm sure but looking at painting after painting not that interesting. There is also recreated rooms that the board would of met in, lovely to look at but I'm not sure what the point of these rooms are. A good way to spend an hour but feel it could do with more rooms dedicated to being the foundling museum and telling the story of the children.

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More reviews about The Foundling Museum

This rather small museum tells the story of foundlings - abandoned children and the hospital that housed them, which was the first of its kind institution in UK. The children were taken care of and educated and admittance was on no question asked basis - and while the institution closed its doors mid XX, there are still pupils telling their stories within this exhibit. The museum also houses Gerald Coke Handel Collection assembled by the window of one patrons of the hospital - printed music, manuscripts are available for view, and listening room makes some of the works to be listenable. Admission - £7.50

2017/07/03, Pawel Trauth

We took our Hetty Feather obsessed 9 year old who loved the museum. For Hetty fans the exhibition downstairs is the highlight with quite a few props along with actual costumes from the show to dress up in. Possibly a little expensive although free for kids and half price entry if you are in the National Trust.

2017/08/03, Richard Hodgetts

A bit like walking through to Narnia! Quiet and peaceful after walking the streets of London. Informative and some hands on displays. Seeing the tokens was quite a sombering experience and so was the art display of school uniform with all the derogatory comments about kids in care from the schools they attended. Fairly priced admission also and somewhere I'd like to go back to revisit.

2017/05/02, Julie Hodgkins

One of my favorite tours, just don't plan on spending all day there, it's not worth it. Quite interesting though. Small not handicap friendly rooms, I felt quite cramped

2017/07/06, Heather Willey

Working hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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