The Foundling Museum’s Collections are 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 choose to book a self-led visit or a guided tour. We also work closely with academic institutions on long-term projects.

The Museum is free for young people aged 21 and under. We want our story to inspire today’s youth, and by engaging with the powerful story of Thomas Coram and his catalytic supporters, for them to know that their actions matter. To that end, all students, including non-UK, will be admitted to the Museum for free up to and including age 21.

For guided tours, student groups (up to and including age 21) will only be charged for the cost of the guide. Those aged over 21 will pay admission of £7.50 per person. Tour details are below.

Duration: Approximately 1 hour
Number of people: 1-25
Cost: 1-25 visitors £70.00* for the guide (includes VAT & entry to temporary exhibition)

* For larger groups, tours can be staggered. We regret that we are unable to offer tours of exhibitions.

Self-led visits

Book a self-directed visit to explore our exhibitions and Collections. Groups of eight people or more over the age of 21 qualify for a concessionary rate of £7.50 per person. Visitors aged 21 and under are admitted to the Museum for free.

Guided tours

Complement your visit with a tour of the Museum. Our guides bring the history of the Foundling Hospital to life, from its origins in the eighteenth century, to life at this important London institution throughout its history. Learn about the Museum’s many treasured objects and discover the stories behind our displays. Whether it’s just for you, or a group, a tour gives an excellent introduction to our fascinating story.

Special tours

Guided tours can be arranged with members of Museum staff, subject to availability:

Director:  £200+VAT plus Museum admission
Curator:  £150+VAT plus Museum admission
Collections Manager:  £100+VAT plus Museum admission
Gerald Coke Handel Collection Librarians: £150+VAT plus Museum admission