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


1739 & 1741 Clubs

The 1739 & 1741 Clubs are an exclusive, highly-valued group of donors who provide the Museum with vital support.

The 1739 Club was established to recognise the role that our exhibitions play in delivering our mission and building on our success. Named after the year the Foundling Hospital was founded, the Club makes a powerful and strategic difference to our ability to develop an extraordinary exhibition programme. Funding provided allows the Museum to plan with confidence, leverage additional support, maximise creative opportunities and take risks to produce unique and thought-provoking displays. The 1741 Club was established to support the Foundling Museum’s unique work with children and young adults, making a crucial and strategic difference to the ways in which the Museum improves the life chances of vulnerable and marginalised young people. The Club’s ongoing support allows us to develop ambitious projects that have a deep and lasting impact on young people, due to the sustained nature of our involvement.

Membership of both clubs is an enjoyable way to support the Museum and connect with like-minded individuals. Members enjoy opportunities to meet artists and curators, discuss forthcoming initiatives with the Director and attend exclusive events. For more information on joining these groups please contact our Head of Development:

+44 (0)20 7841 3608


The Foundling Museum is a registered company limited by guarantee and a registered charity

Company registration no. 3621861. Charity registration no. 1071167