Our Patrons are so important to us here at the Foundling Museum. Through their generous gifts they help fund all aspects of our work.

By becoming a Patron you have the opportunity to have a significant impact on our work, contributing to exhibitions from conception to realisation; bolstering our core work with artists, musicians and young people; and caring for our exceptional Collection.

We hope you will consider joining this special group of donors. Our Patrons make up the backbone of our supporters and we are very grateful to each and every one of them. Membership starts from £1,000.

Patrons benefits:

  • Free and unlimited entry to the Museum and temporary exhibitions
  • 25% discount in the Museum Shop and on our Artist Editions*
  • 10% discount in the Café
  • Invitations to our exhibition private views and special receptions throughout the year
  • Programme of exclusive Patrons events, including behind-the-scenes tours of partner museum and galleries
  • Reciprocal visits to other exciting institutions
  • Tailored invitations and news according to your personal interests
  • Acknowledgement on the Museum’s website, donor board and elsewhere as appropriate
* with the exception of some special offers


Patron Plus
offer all of the above benefits for yourself, plus a guest - perfect for couples or friends who would like to make a saving while supporting the Museum. Alternatively, if you are under 30 you can receive these benefits for only £500 under our Young Patron scheme. 

View our current Patrons and supporters
Download a Patrons joining form

The 1739 Club

Enjoy a closer relationship with the Museum by joining The 1739 Club, our highest level patron group.

This circle of individuals contributes funds to our ambitious exhibition programme year on year, meaning we can continue to explore the Foundling Hospital’s history and commission new work from some of today’s leading contemporary artists. The Club’s support also enables us to focus on ensuring our vital education and music programmes, as well as our core costs, are funded each year. Members of The 1739 Club enjoy all the benefits of our Patrons scheme, as well as an annual 1739 Club dinner in our stunning Court Room and donor acknowledgement for our popular exhibitions, last year visited by over 50,000 people.

To find out more about becoming a Patron or joining The 1739 Club, contact our Development team on +44 (0)20 7841 3608 or emails us at development@foundlingmuseum.org.uk
The Foundling Museum is a registered company limited by guarantee and a registered charity

Company registration no. 3621861. Charity registration no. 1071167