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Due to the latest guidance from Government we are closed temporarily to all visitors until further notice and have suspended our events programme.

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind

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

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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.

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The latest from our blog

From the Curator’s Desk: The Four Ages of Woman, Perinatal Mental Health

Exhibitions

In this new series of posts about the exhibition ‘The Four Ages of Woman’ our Registrar will be writing about the art on display, & how we put it all together.

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The Anatomy of Melancholy Book Club

Literature

Robert Burton’s insights are idiosyncratic, unreliable & dated, but they are always entertaining, and from time to time they are right on point.

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Alexander Morison - the Physician Alienist

History

Our volunteer Barbara takes a look at the life of the psychiatrist Alexander Morison.

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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

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

— Emma Westhrop

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

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

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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.

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