Foundling Museum

June 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | 2 Comments
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London’s Foundling Museum is somewhat interesting as an art gallery and history of abandoned children in the capital but not interesting enough to warrant a £5 admission price.

The museum is located near Coram Fields – a playground for children (adults may only enter if accompanied by a child). I have fond memories of visiting here on my first visit to London as a child. Revelling in the power of not “accompanying” my parents and denying them entry.

As for the musuem itself it is split roughly into three sections. The first provides a rather well presented history of the building as its use for foundlings and abandoned children (or in latter years – due to limited numbers – those selected from mothers petitioning the trustees). This area gives an outline of the children’s lives before, during and after the house.

The bulk of the house is given over to art work (it was London’s first public gallery). It was pleasant but I can’t comment on the quality as I’m a dullard on that point. On a similar artistic note, the museum includes a section on one of the museums supporters – the composer Handel. One of the galleries is also used for musical performances and on days when there is one then the entry fee is probably worthwhile.

Finally, the other main area within the museum is a special exhibits area with a changing rotation of displays. However, if you’re not willing to pay you could stop in at the cafe. I’ve not tried it so let me know what you think!

Overall, the Foundling Museum is ok but nothing particularly special – unless you have a strong interest in the history of abandoned children in the capital.


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  1. I have never heard of anything like that–a history of abandoned children. But it does sound…interesting, though sad. England always does cool things with their museums. First the Bristol museum with Banksy and now this. Hmm. much to ponder.

    • I haven’t been to the Banksy exhibit (or Bristol for that matter) have you heard good things about it?

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