Our current exhibition

Impatient! Stories of service user advocacy

7 September - 4 January 2020

Learn more

Our next upcoming event

Beyond Impatient! Discussing the temporary exhibition

30 November 2019 • 14:00

Learn more

Our location

Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Kent BR3 3BX

Get directions

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Museum of the Mind records the lives and experience and celebrates the achievements of people with mental health problems.

Our aim is to make our collections more accessible, and to provide accurate information to help in their interpretation.

Learn more about us

The latest from our blog

The Anti-Insane Asylum Society


Ahead of our talk this Saturday on the UK's 'Alleged Lunatics’ Friend Society' we look at the US Anti-Insane Asylum Society founded by Elizabeth Ware Packard.

Read more

A Conversation with Charlotte Johnson Wahl

Art, Collection, Personal accounts

Hannah Gal talks to artist Charlotte Johnson Wahl about her art. "She is merely, completely, un-selfconsciously herself..an artistic force to be reckoned with."

Read more

The Anatomy of Melancholy and DongUiBoGam

Collection, Exhibitions, History, Literature, Reviews

Our work placement student Hong Namgoong looks at the similarities between the Anatomy of Melancholy and the Korean medical text DongUiBoGam

Read more
View our blog

The talks at the museum are very high quality as are the exhibitions and you will learn lots about the hospitals history, prior patients, art and mental health and much more. I cannot recommend the Museum highly enough.

— happytravels618

I have been to a few art museums, but this was by far the best. The paintings and pieces of art were spectacular, and walking around the museum gives you a great insight into mental health.

— Caroline Ross-Biggs

The exhibition was incredibly well curated - interesting, diverse and challenging. The art and historical displays were fantastic. Superb volunteers who were really engaging.

— Nick Stephenson

Incredibly thought provoking and provides an idea of how hugely complex treating mental health can be. Definitely worth a visit.

— Emma Westhrop

the Museum

Bethlem Museum of the Mind promotes understanding of mental illness, its treatment and recovery, through its displays, exhibitions, learning and outreach programmes. Our ambition is to keep access free of charge, and we rely on donations to make this possible.

Donate now