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The Foundling Museum, London

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  • Just a five minute walk from London St Pancras, this is a really interesting place to spend an hour or so. Not huge and not the original building but it is well worth a visit. Excellent displays expla...  more »
  • Interesting but wish there was more about the foundling children and there lives. There is a video with people relating there stories which is very interesting but wish they would put that in an area ...  more »
  • If you have poor eyesight then forget a visit. Everywhere is gloomy and labels are in small print. Most of the exhibits are paper based with few large artifacts.  more »
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  • Lovely little museum with a small gift shop and a great cafe. Accessible on all floors, limited interest to my 3 year old but easy to look round quickly and an interesting place to have visited. Very friendly and informed staff.
  • It's great it you appreciate ear-specific art donated to hospital. We came with my 10 year old because of the Hetty Feather connection and therefore left a bit disappointed since there is only one floor/room dedicated to foundlings. It's has some interesting and poignant exhibits but overall it's not massively kid-centric.
  • 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‚Äč and it's not a good one. But unfortunately the screen is put in a really awkward place. Everyone has to stand in an area which is in front of other displays in quite a small little area, and you have to crane your neck as the screen is quite high up. It could do with a separate dedicated 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.
  • This rather small museum tells the story of foundlings - abandoned children and the hospital that housed them, which was the first of its kind institution in UK. The children were taken care of and educated and admittance was on no question asked basis - and while the institution closed its doors mid XX, there are still pupils telling their stories within this exhibit. The museum also houses Gerald Coke Handel Collection assembled by the window of one patrons of the hospital - printed music, manuscripts are available for view, and listening room makes some of the works to be listenable. Admission - ¬£7.50
  • What a well-organised and informative museum! We were made very welcome by the staff on the desk (thanks to the lovely man with the Welsh accent, who was so helpful) and had an excellent introductory chat with Robin, who volunteers at the museum. The displays are beautifully designed and well-mounted, with the tokens left by parents being particularly poignant. When we visited, the temporary exhibition downstairs was the excellent 'Basic Instincts' which uses Joseph Highmore's painting "Angel of Mercy" to explore eighteenth century attitudes to women and sexuality. It is the first major Highmore exhibition for 50 years, and is well worth a visit. The Handel room is delightful. The museum is very friendly, and is obviously working hard to link with the local community and schools. An excellent way to spend a couple of hours in Bloomsbury. Great cafe too!

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