Visiting the Foundling Museum opens up the story of the Foundling Hospital which was the first children’s charity in the UK, as well as being the first art gallery opened to the public. It was Thomas Coram who opened the hospital in 1739 to care for abounded babies. Composer George Frideric Handel and artist William Hogarth also played a crucial role, and their creative approach established the template for how the art world would go on to find ways to support charity work.
Established in 1998, the Foundling Museum brings together history and art through a series of exhibitions and events held throughout the year. Visitors can also enjoy the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, which is one of the most in-depth accumulation of material relating to the great composer. The children’s charity still continues today, now under the name Coram, in honour of its founder.
Tel: 020 7841 3600
Adult : £7.50