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The Foundling Museum, London

(4/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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  • We tried to get here on our trip to London in 2016 but ran out of time. 2017 and we got there and well worth the wait. I was amazed at how old the charity was and how many people it has saved. It only...  more »
  • The museum tells the story of children who could no longer be cared for my their parents. It also tells the story of the founder and stories of those who made it happen. It is a very well maintained m...  more »
  • The museum tells the story of what happened to the lucky few children who were deposited at the Foundling hospital by mothers who could not afford to keep them. Set up by a kindly philanthropist Thoma...  more »
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  • A really fascinating and thought provoking place. It was really interesting to see the 'tokens' that the mothers left with the child, so that if the mother was ever in a position to ask for the child back, they could identify the child.
  • Who knew. Thousands of children abandoned through poverty given hope in life through the philanthropy of the wealthy of the time. Shame on modern society that the culture now is to hide the wealth from tax and grab as much as you can.
  • My family had the most awful experience at this museum. They poorly advertised an event that was ticketed unknown to us due to misleading information in the press. They were rude, insulting, non sympathetic and my girls left in tears. I would never recommend this museum as they need to know how to welcome visitors. A real shame.
  • A hidden gem in the museum list of London. An interesting combination of a classic collection of 18th and 19th paintings together with some modern temporary exhibitions. They also have live classical piano played in the room. The most interesting part is the role it plays in funding orphan rescue program. I went during the Cornelia Parker FOUND temporary exhibition which was excellent.
  • This museum is a valuable source of the social history of 18century London.The tragic fate of the small children of poverty stricken or socially outcast women is well documented and illustrated as is the part that Coram played in trying to alleviate the position. A lovely house contains the exhibition. Our visit made difficult by 2 large slow moving groups on organized tours, in the end we had to miss one room .It was irritating to find the cafe closed over lunch time to accommodate a private party No mention was made of this on the website,I did try to book but there was no response. An interesting museum but amateurish visitor management.