Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum

The small museum displays a remarkable collection of pictures by artists who have suffered from mental disorder, including Richard Dadd, Vaslav Nijinsky and Louis Wain: also the statues of 'Raving and Melancholy Madness' from the gates of 17th century Bedlam, and other material relating to the history of psychiatry. The archives contain records of the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals from the sixteenth century on. Visit for more information. The Bethlem Blog provides news and historical information.

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Contact Us

Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum
Monks Orchard Road
Tel. 020 3228 4307/4227
Fax. 020 3228 4045

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Visitor Information

Opening Hours
Monday-Friday, 09:30-16:30
Saturday openings: for 2013: 7 September, 12 October, 2 November, 7 and 14 December 11:00-17:00

Closed public holidays, and occasionally at other times. Please phone before a visit to confirm opening times.
Archives open by appointment only.

Admission free but donations welcome.

Charing Cross to Eden Park, Victoria to East Croydon
(From East Croydon) 119, 194, 198, (from Eden Park) 356


Current & Forthcoming Exhibitions

Our Paintings

28 February - 7 October 2013

The Archives & Museum recently participated in the Public Catalogue Foundation's project to record all works of art in oil, acrylic and tempure in public ownership and make them available via the BBC's 'Your Paintings' website. A selection of the works included in the project will be on display in the museum throughout the Spring and Summer of 2013.

Location: Bethlem Museum

Monday - Friday, 9.30 - 4.30 and selected Saturdays

Admission: Free

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