Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum

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Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum: At present the museum is used mainly to show works from the art collection, but it also contains some historical material, including:- The magnificent stone figures by Caius Gabriel Cibber known as Raving and Melancholy Madness, from the gates of the 17th century Bethlem Hospital (Bedlam).

Replicas of two 17th century alms-box figures, and a handsome 18th century alms-box, reminders of Bethlem's long history as a charitable institution for the poor.

A selection of restraint devices in use up to the 1830's.

A selection of documents from the archives relating to some of the people - patients, staff, and governors - who have been associated with Bethlem Hospital over a period of three centuries.

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From Central London
Via Streatham or Crystal Palace to the A214. This passes the north end of Monks Orchard Road.

From further south
Via the A232 Croydon to Orpington Road. This passes the south end of Monks Orchard Road just west (the Croydon side) of West Wickham.


From Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge, to Eden Park, via trains travelling to Hayes (Kent). Two trains per hour: journey time 30 minutes.

From Victoria, frequent fast trains to East Croydon: journey time about 15 minutes.


Bethlem Royal Hospital is at the Shirley end of the 356 route, which runs to Forest Hill.


Opening times:
-9:30 AM - 4:30 PM9:30 AM - 4:30 PM9:30 AM - 4:30 PM9:30 AM - 4:30 PM9:30 AM - 4:30 PM-


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Address: Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX, UK
Phone: +44 20 3228 4227
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