With a colourful history spanning over 250 years and a range of unique things to see and do, the Foundling Museum is one of the most interesting places to visit in London. Make the most of your visit by hiring a guide, enjoying a coffee in our muralled café, or picking up a unique artist-designed souvenir in our Shop.

Getting here

The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square

London WC1N 1AZ

T: +44 (0)20 7841 3600


Permanent collection

£8.25* Adults
£5.50* Concessions
£4.25* National Trust members

FREE children (U16), Foundling Friends & Art Fund members

Permanent collection + exhibition

£10.25* Adults
£7.50* Concessions
£6.25* National Trust members
£2 Art Fund members

FREE children (U16), Foundling Friends

*Ticket prices include a voluntary Gift Aid donation


Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday, 11:00 - 17:00
Monday closed

Christmas closure: 24, 25, 27 December 2016 and 1 January 2017

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On 26 November 2016 the Museum will close early at 16:00.

On 9 December the Court Room will be closed from 11:30-15:30

During the Christmas period the Museum will be closed on 24, 25 and 27 December 2016, and 1 January 2017.

On 3 March 2017 the Museum will close early at 15:30.

Please check back here or contact the Museum for any further early closures.

Tube or Train
We are less than 5 minutes’ walk from Russell Square underground station. Alternatively, King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston stations are approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the Museum.

The nearest buses are the 7, 59, 68, 91, 98, 168 and 188 from Russell Square Station.

Please contact Transport for London for detailed travel advice.

Cycling is recommended as an alternative mode of transport. The nearest docking stations for Santander Cycle Hire are located at Brunswick Square and Russell Square Station.

Visitors are encouraged to use public transport where possible. There is an NCP carpark at the Brunswick Centre for visitors wishing to travel by car, please contact them directly for more information.

Blue Badge parking is available outside the Museum, for more details on disabled access please see our Access page below.

A cloakroom and baby changing facilities are available.

We are committed to making our facilities accessible to all visitors.

Visitors with disabilities are entitled to the concessionary rate. Carers of those with disabilities are admitted free of charge.

Visitors with a Blue Badge for disabled parking may park on the single yellow line for up to 3 hours or in the residents' bays outside the Museum entrance. Blue Badges must be displayed at all times.

The Museum has ramped access, a lift to all floors, accessible toilets with baby-changing facilities and a cloakroom. A wheelchair, facilities for guide dogs, large print interpretation texts and magnifying glasses are also available on request. Should you have further access requirements please contact us in advance on +44 (0)20 7841 3600 or make an enquiry online.

Detailed directions for visually impaired visitors

Our policies

Floor plan

Are you looking to do something different on your next school field trip, group outing or team away day? Turn your visit into a unique London experience with help from one of our expert guides. Groups can book expert guides for a tour of the Foundling Museum and take advantage of discounted packages in the Museum Café.

Please note group visits and guided tours must be booked in advance.

Guided tours

Groups of 15 or more: £8 per person (Museum admission + guide)

Smaller groups: £5 per person + £50 for your guide

Special guides

Hogarth Curator Lars Tharp provides an insightful introduction to the Museum and its Collections. Please express your interest when enquiring. Additional charges apply and tours are subject to availability.


If you are not booking a guide, your group must be a minimum of 8 people to qualify for the group rate of £5 per person.


The Foundling Museum Café offers discounted packages for groups. To reserve a table please call +44 (0)20 7841 3609 or email foundlingcafereservations@gmail.com

Hot food is served 12:00 - 16:00.

Sample group menu


Make a group booking by calling +44 (0)20 7841 3591 or make an enquiry

Visit the Learning page for school group bookings

External speakers

If you are looking for a speaker for your event, a number of our guides are available to give talks about the history of the Foundling Hospital. All fees go towards purchases for our Collection. Please contact us for more details.

Foundling Museum Cafe

The Foundling Museum Café serves a selection of hot and cold food, drinks and cakes during the Museum's opening hours. Hot food is served 12:00 - 16:00. The Café is managed by The People’s Supermarket, a not-for-profit local community enterprise. To reserve a table call +44 (0)20 7841 3609.

View the menu





Selection of shop products

With a variety of souvenirs and gifts available, and with all profits directly benefiting the Museum, make sure you take home something to remember your visit to this unique London history museum.

Our shop offers a range of books, CDs, cards and gifts relating to our Collections and exhibitions, including contemporary jewellery, stationery and children’s books. We also stock a range of Hetty Feather merchandise created exclusively for the Foundling Museum, including a tote bag, notebook and stationery.

Limited edition prints by Yinka Shonibare MBE and Quentin Blake can be purchased directly from the Museum, including a print by Cornelia Parker created especially for our exhibition FOUND. The Yinka Shonibare prints are also available to view and order via Artfinder.

All products available from the Museum Shop can also be purchased by mail order. For further details please contact the Shop on +44 (0)20 7841 3600.


Gerald Coke Handel Collection

The Gerald Coke Handel Collection reading room is open Wednesday - Friday for research by appointment.

For all enquiries email or call +44 (0)20 7841 3606

Search the Gerald Coke Handel Collection catalogue