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The Foundling Museum, London

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  • This museum tells the story of a place of refuge for abandoned children from 17th century to the present day. It is fascinating and also at times heart-breaking. Downstairs, displays range from gifts ...  more »
  • I had a really great afternoon at the Foundling museum! I have been wanting to go for a while, it was recommended by a family member and working in Social Care I was interested to see how our fosterin...  more »
  • I had around 2 hours waiting to meet a friend in London so had a quick look at what was in the area - saw the Foundling museum which wasn't too far from the train station so decided to walk there. It ...  more »
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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 where everyone has to stand and stand in front of other displays in quite a small little area, and you have to crane your neck up as the screen is quite high up. It could do with a separate 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.
  • 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.
  • An interesting visit with some poignant exhibits. Pitty it's a fairly recent building. Staff very friendly.
  • We had such an amazing experience here for our wedding. The customer service was exceptional, we felt well cared for all the way through - thank you !!!
  • I had never heard about this museum until our local history group organised this trip! We arrived a couple of hours before our guided tour was due to start so we picked up a leaflet and read that the original colonnades were still across the road so we walked the short distant only to find that they were in a gated park where no unaccompanied adults were allowed to enter, obviously due to child protection, so I had to take photos through the fencing, which may have looked worse than if I'd actually walked in to the park! It's much better having a guided tour because they tell you much more than you can see in the exhibits! The building is not the original home but built on the site of it as administrative offices but it now houses the museum which includes a room dedicated to the history of the home and its founders, a room replicating the court room, various paintings by Hogarth and a room devoted to Handel who were both the home's main benefactors! I was impressed with the recordings of former attendees who said they were treated really well and well fed - a different story to the workhouse! The only negative is that nearly everyone that went into the room with the huge elm refectory table wanted to touch it and we were snapped at not to touch it but there was no notice and it would not come to any harm if people did touch it anyway - it's as thick and so,I'd as a rock! Really well worth a visit- very humbling to think of the poor women who had to give pup,what may have been her fourteenth child because she just couldn't afford another Mouth to feed!

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