The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery, and through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.
Established in London in 1739 to care for babies at risk of abandonment, the Foundling Hospital was the brainchild of the pioneering philanthropist Thomas Coram, who counted among his supporters the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. The Museum contains the Foundling Hospital Collection which spans four centuries and contains paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, furniture, artefacts and ephemera. The Museum also houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world’s largest private collection of Handel memorabilia and an internationally important research resource. In addition to displaying the Collections, the Museum hosts three major temporary exhibitions a year, smaller displays, artists’ commissions and projects.