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The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square
020 7841 3600
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The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK?s first children?s charity and first public art gallery established in 1739. Discover the intriguing story behind this important London institution and the children who grew up there.

We offer a fun and creative day out for all the family. Children can explore our interactive displays, dress up as characters from the Foundling Hospital?s history, and take an artistic adventure through the Museum with one of our creative activity trails. Fans of Jacqueline Wilson?s Hetty Feather books can explore the Collection and life at the Hospital through Hetty?s eyes with a dedicated trail. Discover what life was like at the real Foundling Hospital for Hetty and friends.

Enjoy our changing exhibition programme, or take part in one of our free family workshops on weekends as during school holidays. These fun sessions enable children to learn about the Museum and its exhibitions, whilst making something special to take home.

Our Shop offers a wide range of gifts for adults and children alike including a range of exclusive Hetty Feather merchandise. Delicious cakes and lunches can also be enjoyed in our Café, opening during Museum opening hours.


Admission is £11* for adults, £8.25* for concessions. Free for children (U16), Foundling Friends & National Art Pass holders. *Ticket prices include a voluntary Gift Aid donation

Opening Hours

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00, Sunday 11:00 - 17:00, closed Mondays

Is food available and what type?

Enjoy a menu of delicious, seasonal dishes and carefully selected drinks in the historic surroundings of the Museum. Whether you?re after a quick coffee, breakfast or a leisurely lunch, the Café serves food and drink all day. All ingredients are sourced from small, local suppliers. During the summer months seating is available outside next to Brunswick Square, weather permitting. Highchairs are available.

What baby facilties are available?

Baby changing facilities are available on the groud floor.

Disabled access:

We are committed to making our facilities accessible to all visitors. Visitors with disabilities are entitled to the concessionary rate. Carers of those with disabilities are admitted free of charge. Visitors with a Blue Badge for disabled parking may park on the single yellow line for up to 3 hours or in the residents' bays outside the Museum entrance. Blue Badges must be displayed at all times. The Museum has ramped access, a lift to all floors, accessible toilets with baby-changing facilities and a cloakroom. A wheelchair, facilities for guide dogs, large print interpretation texts and magnifying glasses are also available on request. Should you have further access requirements please contact us in advance on +44 (0)20 7841 3600

The Foundling Museum Introductory Gallery
© GG Archard
Family event at the Museum
© The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum
© © GG Archard

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