With activity trails, family events, artist-led workshops and more, the Foundling Museum is one of the most interactive history museums in London.
Family activity trail

Art activities for families to enjoy together are available every day at the Foundling Museum, making this a fun place to visit, at any time of year.
The Museum is designed with young visitors in mind. They can explore the Collection with creative activity trails, dress up as characters from the Foundling Hospital's history, or drop in to one of our artist-led workshops.

 

Family Activity Trail
Go on an artistic adventure through the Museum and explore the Collection with our creative trail. FREE from the Museum Information Desk.

Hetty Feather Trail
A new trail takes Hetty Feather fans around the Museum, exploring the Collection and Hetty's life at the Founding Hospital through a range of art-based activities. Available from the Museum Shop.

Family Art Trolley
Our Trolley is packed with creative activities for adults and children to do together as they explore the Museum. FREE throughout the Museum during half-term.

Dressing-Up Rail
Dress up as a character from the Foundling Hospital story, such as Thomas Coram or a foundling boy or girl using our brand new dressing-up rail. FREE in the Picture Gallery.

Interactive Stations
Build a model of the Foundling Hospital, draw a token with a personal message or design the Hospital a new logo. FREE in the Introductory Gallery.

Family Events
If you’re looking for things to do in London with children, we run family artist-led workshops on the fourth Saturday of each month, as well as additional workshops during school holidays. These fun sessions enable children to learn about the Museum and its exhibitions, whilst making something special to take home. FREE for children and up to two accompanying adults, unless otherwise stated.

Forthcoming Family events

If your school is looking for interesting places to visit in London, interactive displays and exhibitions make the Foundling Museum one of the most engaging history museums for children in London.

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Our artist-led workshops explore the story and legacy of the Foundling Hospital, enabling students to develop their ideas and creativity through discussion and practical activities. Workshops can be adapted to cover Key Stage 1-4 and include cross-curricular links to Art & Design, History and Language & Literacy.

Sessions are available Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 - 12:00 or 12:00 - 14:00 and can accommodate up to 30 students. Workshops cost £90 per session (equivalent of £3 per child per 30 students, teachers go free). A lunch room is available on request. For more information or to book a session contact Elizabeth Lee on +44 (0)20 7841 3595 or elizabeth@foundlingmuseum.org.uk.

Please note bookings must be made in advance.

For larger groups of up to 60, our neighbours at the Charles Dickens Museum (Dickens’s only remaining London home) are often able to accommodate half of your group for a taught visit before swapping over at lunch time. Please see their website for details or email education@dickensmuseum.com to enquire about availability.

Current workshops

 

The Foundling Hospital and the Story of the Gift of Art
Discover the story of the Foundling Hospital and learn how individual artists can influence social change. Explore the Collection and the work of William Hogarth, Thomas Coram and George Frideric Handel through creative art activities and critical discussion.

Victorian Foundling Hospital
Learn about life in the Foundling Hospital during the reign of Queen Victoria. Discover the ways in which public concern for philanthropic ventures affected the Foundling Hospital and changed the local area in this gallery-based workshop.

Famous People and the Foundling Hospital
Discover the lives of three significant individuals - Thomas Coram, William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel - and their charitable work with the Foundling Hospital.

Contemporary Artists and the Foundling Museum
Explore the special relationship the Museum has with contemporary artists. Following in the tradition of Hogarth, explore how four artists - Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, Richard Wentworth and Clare Twomey - have been inspired by the story of the Foundling Hospital.

For larger groups of up to 60, our neighbours at the Charles Dickens Museum (Dickens’s only remaining London home) are often able to accommodate half of your group for a taught visit before swapping over at lunch time. Please see their website for details or email education@dickensmuseum.com to enquire about availability.

 

Self-led visits

For a unique experience in London, book a free visit to explore our Collection and exhibitions with your pupils. We offer a range of resources which complement group visits, exploring different aspects of the Foundling Hospital story. Special resources also accompany our regular programme of exhibitions and displays. For more information or to book a visit to one the more unusual museums in London, contact Elizabeth Lee on +44 (0)20 7841 3595 or elizabeth@foundlingmuseum.org.uk. Please note bookings must be made in advance.

 

School Guidelines

Risk Assessment

 

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We work extensively with contemporary artists, writers and musicians, commissioning new work, hosting residencies, staging exhibitions and initiating projects. Our aim is to bring community groups and practicing artists of all kinds together, facilitating their engagement with the story of the Foundling Hospital through the process of making and exploring art in its broadest sense.

Current projects

The Foundling Fellowship

 

 

 

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The Foundling Community Choir is a sociable adult choir, led by an inspirational choir master Richard Wilberforce, with an extensive and varied repertoire including classical, jazz, madrigals and pop. Meetings are every Monday evening in the Museum's beautiful Picture Gallery. No audition is required and singers of all abilities are welcome.

We are always looking for enthusiastic new members. For a free trial session or more information please contact Elizabeth Lee at elizabeth@foundlingmuseum.org.uk or call +44(0)20 7841 3595

Autumn term: 5 September - 21 November 2016

Spring term: 9 January 2017 - 27 March 2017

Summer term: 24 April 2017 - 17 July 2017