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The Lost Words at the Foundling Museum - A Nature Inspired Exhibition to Inspire Imaginations, 50% off + Kids go Free!

The Foundling Museum, Russell Square

Family exhibition to encourage kids to engage with the natural world

Valid until 6th May 2018

Suitable for 0-100 years

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Explore the original illustrations and poems from the award-winning book The Lost Words: A Spell Book in this magical exhibition for all the family. Discover Britain’s hidden wildlife and reignite your imagination in this joyful celebration of the natural world. 

This exhibition summons this vanishing wildness back into existence to try and coax the natural world back into children’s stories and imaginations.

  • Get back in touch with the beauty of the outdoors
  • The Lost Words is a unique collaborative project between award-winning author Robert Macfarlane, and acclaimed artist and author Jackie Morris
  • The exhibition summons this vanishing wildness back into existence, conjuring the beauty of nature for visitors of all ages
  • Captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages. 
  • Beautiful, iridescent watercolours and twenty acrostic poems or ‘spells’ focused on nature 
  • Explores the widening gulf between childhood and the natural world in the 21st century
  • Accompanied by items from the Foundling Hospital archive that relate to the importance placed on fresh air
  • At the Foundling Museum which tells the story of the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery

LittleBird Top Tip

While you're at the Museum enjoy some free drop-in sessions during the Easter Holidays! 

Animal Sculptures - 11 Apr 2018 - Drop-in sessions run from 11:00-13:00 & 14:00-16:30 - Free

Join artist Lydia Hardwick and build a 3D model of one of the many animals featured in The Lost Words.
Suitable for age 5+.

Ink Stamped Poems - 13 Apr 2018 - Sessions run 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30 & 15:00-16:30 | Book on the day - Free

In this creative writing workshop, imagine animals featured in The Lost Words. 
Make rubber letter stamps then write your own acrostic poem using stamped, printed and written words and pictures. With artist Isobel Manning.
Suitable for age 5+.

Dates and Prices


  • Valid until 6th May 2018
  • Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 11am - 5pm. Monday: CLOSED
  • No need to book. Ticket is valid for any day the exhibition is open

Price Information: 

  • £3.75 for Concessions Ticket (60+ yrs, students), 50% off
  • £5 for Adult Ticket (16-60yrs), 50% off
  • Under 16s go FREE! 
Need to Know
  • A cloakroom and baby changing facilities are available.
  • The Museum has ramped access, a lift to all floors, accessible toilets with baby-changing facilities and a cloakroom.
  • A wheelchair, facilities for guide dogs, large print interpretation texts and magnifying glasses are also available on request.
  • Should you have further access requirements please contact the museum in advance on +44 (0)20 7841 3600
  • No refunds available 
How to Redeem
  • Please print your LittleBird e-Ticket and present it at the entrance to the exhibition
  • No need to book. Ticket is valid for any day the exhibition is open
  • e-Tickets must be printed. Tickets shown on smartphones will not be accepted
  • You will receive your e-Ticket via email after purchase
Plan your Visit

What makes The Foundling Museum family friendly

Baby Changing
Baby Changing
Disabled toilets
Disabled toilets
Wheelchair accessible
Wheelchair accessible

Address and Contact Info

The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square

Nearest Station: Russell Square Station
Nearest Park: Brunswick Square Gardens
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