The Foundling Museum shares the history of The Foundling Hospital. It’s the first children’s charity in the UK and well worth a visit.

The Foundling Museum is also the UK’s first public art gallery, and is a museum that is constantly reinventing itself.

It’s a place to experience exhibitions, contemporary art commissions, collection displays and historic archives. There are also many concerts, workshops, and special events. These take place within the 18-century building.

They present a diverse programme of exhibitions that offer different ways of engaging with their history, making creative links across the centuries. They have displayed the works over the years from William Hogarth and Paula Rego, Grayson Perry, Tracy Emin and Cornelia Parker.

Their learning programme brings the Foundling Hospital story to life in ways that are meaningful for young people. Most especially those who are looked after and care-experienced, to help them see the world differently and to imagine new possibilities for themselves. Artwork from these projects is showcased in the Museum through displays and public events.

Explore the intriguing story behind this important London institution and the ways in which artists and children have inspired each other for over 275 years.

The Foundling Museum can be found at 40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ and

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