Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum

Bethlem Royal Hospital was founded in 1247 and was the first institution in the UK to specialise in the care of the mentally ill. The hospital continues to provide in-patient care as part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and has been based in south London since 1930.

Situated within the hospital grounds, Bethlem Museum of the Mind was formally opened by artist Grayson Perry in March 2015. The museum cares for an internationally renowned collection of archives, art and historic objects, which together offer an unparalleled resource to support the history of mental healthcare and treatment.

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Tel. 020 3228 4227
Fax. 020 3228 4045

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Visitor Information

Opening Hours

10:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Pre-Booked Groups:
Monday and Tuesday
Open to Public:
Wednesday-Friday (except public holidays)
Saturday (first and last of the month)

Archives open by appointment only.

Admission free but donations welcome.

Charing Cross to Eden Park, Victoria to East Croydon
(From East Croydon) 119, 198, (from Eden Park) 356

Access information
Free entry to all
Free wi-fi 
Guide dogs welcome
Accessible parking
Ramp leading to entrance
Platform lift available
Level access throughout the museum
Access toilets and baby changing facilities available


Current & Forthcoming Exhibitions:

A self portrait of Richard Dadd
The Art of Bedlam: Richard Dadd 
7 November 2015  - 6 February 2016

A major retrospective of Victorian artist Richard Dadd (1817-1886), who created a significant amount of work while detained as a 'criminal lunatic' at Bethlem Royal Hospital. Developed in partnership with the Watts Gallery, the exhibition brings together works spanning Dadd's life, including rarely-seen paintings from public and private collections.

Free entry (suggested donation £2).

A Utopian image? A busy picture featuring a party on the beach.

Youtopia: Visions of the Past, Present and Future
15 February - 25 June 2016

It is five hundred years after Sir Thomas More coined the term ‘utopia’, and almost one hundred and fifty years since the first use of the twin word ‘dystopia’. Now Bethlem Hospital’s museum curators hold up a mirror to today’s society by putting a first edition of More’s ‘Utopia’ on display, alongside rarely-seen works from the Museum’s reserve collection which communicate a vision of the best – and worst – of all possible worlds.

Wednesdays –Fridays 10am to 5pm

First and last Saturdays of each month 10am to 5pm

Free entry (suggested donation £2).

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