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Wallace Collection

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Address: Hertford House Manchester Square | Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, England
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+44 20 7563 9500
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Fee: No

Both a national museum and a prestigious private collection of art...

Both a national museum and a prestigious private collection of art bequeathed by Lady Wallace in 1897, this attraction features one of the world's best collections of French 18th-century pictures, porcelain and furniture, plus a fantastic array of 17th-century paintings.

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Amazing collection

An incredible collection of historic arms and art, where if you book the right tour even can get to touch or hold some of the artifacts. I only managed a short look around on the... read more

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An incredible collection of historic arms and art, where if you book the right tour even can get to touch or hold some of the artifacts. I only managed a short look around on the ground floor and will certainly be back.

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here with some friends for afternoon tea. As an American, I know very little about the high tea experience but we had a fantastic time. Tea and food were delicious, the dining room was sunny and beautiful, and the service was great. Didn't get to see much of the collection as it was closing while we were leaving. Overall,... More 

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had never heard of this collection but my wife suggested we go. The furniture and ornamentation, mostly of French origin are not too my taste but nevertheless you can appreciate the workmanship and artistry that has gone into them. There were some very significant oils, I particularly enjoyed the Canalettos and those by Bonington. The audio guide was informative... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I spent an hour floating through this extraordinary place, gazing at some of the many pictures. There's a lot of art from 1700's to 1800's (Reynolds, Gainsborough, Canaletto, Dutch, French and Italian artists). Lots of ceramics, ornate furniture, a few clocks, and an extraordinary military armour collection. Each room is decorated with a different colour wall silk. There's a restaurant... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This 25-gallery, no-entry-fee museum is PACKED with art and furnishings of the four Marquesses who owned Hertford House (and several other houses!). Most of the furniture is from the 1700s, and much of it was owned by Marie Antoinette, Louis XIV, or some other French royal. Placards tell such interesting things, e.g., one beautiful marquetry secretary, owned by Marie Antoinette,... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

OMG Don't miss this. A beautiful , quiet peaceful museum that offers free admission. Not crowded and chairs to sit and view the artwork dated back to the 1600's. You can easily spend 2 hours here and get our of the weather if needed ! The staff was very nice , the gift shop very reasonable, and although we didn't... More 

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing. Had no idea this little gem existed. Spent 3 hours and could have spent longer. The cafe and bar in the middle of the building is excellent and very reasonable considering its central London. The collection is extensive and interesting. Great way to fill an afternoon and amazingly it's free entry, with the option of a donation. Culture vulture... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great collection of French artworks from the 18th century. It also has an impressive cafe and restaurant section where you can relax and enjoy a quick and friendly staff service after an exhaustive and overwhelming art and history tour.

Thank Roberto J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful compact place to visit, packed with so many different types of objects and brimming with history. Take the tour to get a good general feel of the place.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressive military armour section as well as the Great Dutch Masters. Hal's and Rembrandt are the focal point. The rooms are decorated in the Empire theme and very lavish. We visited there on a rainy day and enjoyed it and the associated cafe.

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