The Foundling Museum is located on the spot of one of the first orphanages in London which was founded in 1739. By the start of the 20th century more than 27,000 orphans had been raised here. Today visitors can take a look at the orphanage itself, and in the museum you can see objects from the orphanage and also art. The founder William Hogarth was a painter himself, and he also had a very nice collection. The money from the collection was used to support the work in the orphanage.
If you visit this museum you will therefore not only get to know the place where more than 27,000 children grew up, you will also see paintings made by Hogarth, Reynolds, Hayman and some more. The museum also has the largest Händel exhibition available, where you for example can take a look at his last will.
The Foundling Museum information
Opening times: 10.00-17.00 (closed on Mondays)
Transport: Russel Square (Picadilly line)