A pioneering arts and museum space at the heart of Bethlem Royal Hospital
The Bethlem Gallery and Museum is situated in the original administration building at the site which has been radically redesigned to contain a permanent exhibition space, a temporary exhibition space for the Bethlem Museum’s collection and a contemporary art exhibition space for artists who have experienced mental difficulties.
In the vastly increased exhibition spaces, you can view centuries of significant historic artworks and objects together with inspiring contemporary works by current artists and service users. The building is open to the public and free of charge.
The Bethlem Museum has been on site for 40 years in one small building and the Bethlem Gallery has been on site for 17 years as part of the Occupational Therapy department, both organisations have gained an international reputation for excellence in the field of arts in health.
For the first time they are under one roof bringing together their specific areas of expertise to curate exhibitions informed and enlivened by the historical import of the collection and archives and new perspectives from artists and patients of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).
The building secures the unique collections for future generations and enables the public to see more of the incredible artwork both from the historic collection and from current artists involved with our services today.
The old administration building’s grand art-deco staircase provides a fitting showcase for the world-renowned statues of ‘Raving’ and ‘Melancholy’ Madness, which originally stood above the gates of 17th century ‘Bedlam’.
Watch a short film about the opening of the Bethlem Gallery and Museum here
Bethlem Gallery and Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Opening hours: Wed-Fri, 1st and last Sat of month 10am-5pm.
Pre-booked groups Mon, Tue 10am-5pm
Telephone: 020 3228 4227
Nearest Station: Eden Park (Zone 5), direct trains from Charing Cross, Cannon Street and London Bridge then 15min walk or 356 bus.
Bromley South (Zone 5), direct trains from Victoria, Blackfriars and St Pancras, then 119 bus. Or East Croydon (Zone 5), then 119, 194 or 198 bus.
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