With a colourful history spanning over 250 years and a range of unique things to see and do, the Foundling Museum is one of the most interesting places to visit in London. Make the most of your visit by hiring a guide, enjoying a coffee in the muralled café, or picking up a unique artist-designed souvenir in the Shop.
The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. They aim to inspire adults and children to make a positive contribution to society, by celebrating the power of individuals and the arts to change lives.
The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. Their creative generosity set the template for the ways in which the arts can support philanthropy.
The Foundling Museum is a history and art museum, which through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years. If you’re looking for unique things to do around King's Cross, or places to take children, this hidden London gem offers a wealth of activities.