Small but devastating, it tracks the history of the Foundling Hospital, which took in thousands of orphans between 1739 and 1953. This was a period in which kids were treated like rubbish: For example, in 1802 a law was passed limiting the time children could work in mills—to 12 hours a day. By that measure, it’s clear that the benefactors were actually helping kids by locking them in this borderline prison. Don’t miss the heartbreaking cases of tokens that mothers left at the doorstep with their babies. These tiny objects, into which a lifetime of hopes was imbued, never made it to their children lest they compromise anonymity. Also take the time to listen to the oral histories by some of the last kids to be raised by the Hospital; at the time of recording, they were elderly but still obviously quite shaken. Upstairs is a modest but respectable collection of 18th-century English works (Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough), which believe it or not was one of the first permanent art exhibitions in the world. The composer Handel loved the Hospital. He wrote his Messiah as a benefit for the facility in 1754; a score is on display. The exercise grounds are now called Coram’s Fields. Fittingly, it is the domain of the child; adults are not permitted to enter without one.