The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, founded in 1739 as a home for children whose mothers couldn’t keep or care for them. It was the UK’s first children’s charity.
Artists made it London’s most fashionable cause and destination
as well as the UK’s first public art gallery. William Hogarth donated many of his own works, and persuaded other artists to do the same.
George Frideric Handel conducted benefit concerts of Messiah in the chapel and Charles Dickens was a supporter too. Their astonishing generosity and determination show that art transforms lives and encourages philanthropy.
Taking a lead from Hogarth and keeping his innovative and disruptive spirit alive, we don’t believe our museum should be a static display of things. We use our art and objects to unravel the past and keep its stories alive and relevant. Discover thought-provoking collections, a changing programme of exhibitions and events, and much more.