The Foundling Museum

Free arts and heritage for children and carers

At the Foundling Museum, we passionately believe that the arts should be accessible regardless of a child's background. We aim to keep the Museum free for children and carers in the year ahead, including our exhibitions, family workshops and community outreach projects.

history Campaign has now closed

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1071167)

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Championed by National Lottery Heritage Fund

  • It's a great opportunity for local, London children to start to explore a museum that is part of their community.

    — Local nursery staff member

  • Finding it was like finding a gemstone. It’s about people like me. I tell everyone about it now. I want to take everyone to the Museum. The Museum challenges people’s idea of what being in care is like.

    — Sofia, Trainee

  • Each year we bring thirty of our first year undergraduates to visit the Foundling Museum. Our students have benefited greatly from the introduction of free admission to young people aged 21 and under and we look forward bringing new cohorts of students over the coming years.

    — Dr Paul Bunyan - Programme Leader: Childhood and Youth Studies, Edge Hill University

  • This museum tells my story because I was in care. Coming here feels like therapy. I’ve become more confident and can talk to different people. It’s like a substitute family.

    — Nia, Trainee

  • It’s amazing to just go in and look at what you want, read what you want, study what you want. It’s great for other kids to have that access here, not just to art but to the social history of London.

    — Zarine, 19


The Museum is situated in Camden, where 35% of children live in poverty. Many local families walk past regularly without knowing what the Museum does, or if they would be welcome to visit. As we receive no core government funding, we have to charge an entry fee in order to ensure we can continue to pay the day-to-day running costs of the building, which could exclude many children and young people from coming to see our exhibitions and concerts, or visit our free family workshops.


We want to ensure that children and young people under the age of 21, and their carers if required, can visit the Museum free of charge, allowing them to see a variety of exhibitions, attend free music concerts and family workshops and engage with art and our historic Collection, often for the first time.