In the Area
Located in the heart of London between Russell Square and Kings Cross St Pancras the Foundling Museum stands in the beautiful leafy area of Bloomsbury surrounded by a wealth of museums, galleries and local attractions.
The Foundling Museum overlooks Coram's Fields, one of the largest open spaces in London between the City and Regent’s Park. One of London's best-loved children’s parks, Coram's Fields includes an animal enclosure and playground. Opened in 1935 the space is enclosed by the surviving colonnades of the original Foundling Hospital. The park is open all year round and entrance to the park and its activities is free of charge; adults are admitted only if accompanied by a child.
The Foundling Museum is proud to be part of Museum Mile. The Museum Mile explores 13 extraordinary museums and galleries running from Kings Cross to the River Thames. Also a member of Museum Mile and near to the entrance of the original Foundling Hospital is the Charles Dickens Museum. Charles Dickens, the great Victorian novelist and social commentator took out a lease at 48 Doughty Street in March 1837 and lived there until December 1839. Dickens was a fan of the Foundling Hospital, renting a pew in the Chapel whilst living in Doughty Street. 2012 marks 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens.
The Foundling Museum is a member of the London Museums of Health and Medicine Group. Other members include the Great Ormond Street Hospital Museum, the Wellcome Collection and the Old Operating Theatre. The diversity of the group places the history and development of medicine and health care in its widest context. Combined, the group provides remarkable insights into an age-long campaign against illness, disease and injury. The group also provides in-depth guided tours of London's medical museums.
The Foundling Museum is located in Brunswick Square, sitting amongst the many public gardens and historic squares of Bloomsbury. The Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens encourage visitors and residents to appreciate and enjoy the area by providing a central point for information and news about the gardens. The Museum is a member of The Friends of Brunswick Square.