Prepare Your Visit

For Museum opening times and hours please click here.

Visitors do not have to pre book tickets to the Museum. Admission includes entrance to exhibitions and temporary displays. For a 360 degree tour of the Museum please click here. On admission you may be requested to deposit large bags, rucksacks or umbrellas in the cloakroom. The cloakroom is free and guarded at all times, but please note that items are left at the owner's risk. 

You can combine your visit to the Museum with free Family Fun activities or a concert. Check What's On to find out more.

If you would like to do some background reading before your visit the following list is a selection of highlights which provide an introduction to the Museum and an overview of the history of the Foundling Hospital.

Gavin, Jamila, Coram Boy (Chatham: CPI Mackays, 2004)

Levene, Alysa, Childcare, Health and Mortality at the London Foundling Hospital 1741-1800 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007)

McClure, Ruth K., Coram’s Children: The London Foundling Hospital in the Eighteenth Century (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1981)

Pugh, Gillian, London’s Forgotten Children: Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital (Stroud: Tempus, 2007)

Styles, John, Threads of Feeling: The London Foundling Hospital’s Textile Tokens, 1740-1770 (London: The Foundling Museum, 2010)

Wedd, Kitt, The Foundling Museum Guide Book (London: The Foundling Museum, 2009)

For a more comprehensive list of research resources click here