The Foundling Museum’s Collection is an exceptional resource to enrich teaching across academic disciplines. Our exhibitions and displays showcase scholarly research, making creative links across the centuries and offering an inspiring way to engage with our history.

Every year we present a diverse programme of exhibitions that offer different ways to engage with the Foundling Hospital story: from the eighteenth-century tokens (Fate, Hope & Charity, 2013) and food at the Hospital (Feeding the 400, 2016), to the lives of the foundlings’ mothers (The Fallen Woman, 2015) and illustrations of orphaned, adopted and foundling characters from fiction (Drawing on Childhood, 2016).

University and college groups can book a self-led visit. We also work closely with academic institutions on long-term projects.

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Self-led visits

Book a self-directed visit to explore our exhibitions and Collection. Groups of eight people or more qualify for a concessionary rate of £7.50 per person.

Guided tours

Complement your visit with a tour of the Museum. Our guides will bring the history of the Foundling Hospital to life, using a mix of historical fact and remarkable personal stories of children at this important London institution. Learn about the Museum’s many treasured objects and discover our extensive art collection.

‘The students took a great deal away from the trip and were able to make many connections with their studies.’ Tour attendee

Duration: Approximately 1 hour
Number of people: 1-25
Cost: 1-14 visitors: £7.50 per person + £60 for your guide (this includes VAT)
          15-25 visitors: £11.50 per person (includes Museum admission + guide)

For larger groups, tours can be staggered. We regret that we are unable to offer tours of exhibitions. Out-of-hours tours can also be arranged on Mondays when the Museum is closed to the public, subject to availability. £25 per person + £60 for the guide. Minimum charge £325.

For more information about tours and group bookings, or to discuss special requirements, contact Tuz Morrison on +44(0)20 7841 3591 or We recommend booking tours and visits several weeks in advance. Without an advance booking you may be denied immediate entry.


Gerald Coke Handel Collection

We welcome visits from students interested in aspects of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection including eighteenth-century music, music ephemera, bookbinding and conservation, music bibliography, sources and resources.  Workshops and seminars using original source materials, tailored to meet the requirements of your course, can be offered. For further details and to discuss your requirements please contact Katharine Hogg, Gerald Coke Handel Librarian, on +44(0)20 7841 3606 or email