The Wallace Collection is a museum in London occupying Hertford House in Manchester Square, the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. It is named after Sir Richard Wallace, who built the extensive collection, along with the Marquesses of Hertford, in the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection features fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries with important holdings of French 18th-century paintings, furniture, arms and armour, porcelain and Old Master paintings arranged into 25 galleries. It is open to the public and entry is free.
It was established in 1897 from the private collection mainly created by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford (1800–1870), who left both it and the house to his illegitimate son Sir Richard Wallace (1818–1890), whose widow Julie Amelie Charlotte Castelnau bequeathed the entire collection to the nation. The collection opened to permanent public view in 1900 in Hertford House, and remains there to this day. A condition of the bequest was that no object should ever leave the collection, even for loan exhibitions. In September 2019, the board of trustees announced that they had successfully obtained an Order from the Charity Commission for England & Wales which allowed them to enter into temporary loan agreements for the first time.
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|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
M Ash | Feb 15, 2018
Really nice exhibition in a rare quiet part of Central London. Saw a lot of stuff from all over the world, paintings, writings and weapons. The armory was my favourite part, the armours, guns and swords were a sight to behold. Staff were nice but it did feel like at times that we were being followed around. That is a minor criticism. The restaurant in the central part looked nice, didn't get a chance to enjoy it but would like to one day. For a free exhibition this was impressive.
Laurence Green | Feb 20, 2018
one of London's real hidden gems - completely free, and absolutely divine inside, with an amazing baroque french rococo feel with tonnes of art and furnishings. The real star though is the peerless selection of antique weapons (swords and guns) and armour - it really needs to be seen to be believed. The restaurant is excellent too - incredibly fancy looking, but reasonably priced, would be an awesome place to do business lunches.
H Tucker | Jan 12, 2018
One of the best hidden secrets in London. I have been to London too many times to count but my cousin recommended going to the Wallace Collection. I'm so happy he did because it was such a treat. We had some cookies and tea in the atrium cafeteria and then hit the museum. I found each room fascinating just with the way they decorated. And, then the art is quite interesting. I will be going back to this museum.
William Hill | Jan 13, 2018
A very difficult place to review as it's one man's taste on show and seemingly not really thematically displayed. So the very fine Dutch collection has portraits next to still life, next to landscapes. I did enjoy it, but can't see myself being a regular visitor. Nice tea at affordable prices
Sonya A-P | Mar 1, 2018
This museum is a find in central London. It's large enough to visit in a day where you are taking in the architecture of the building as well as the paintings and artefacts. There is also a cafe in site which is light and airy and provides a relaxing atmosphere especially in the spring and summer. It's a bit pricey but the service is of a high standard
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