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Handel House Museum

25 Brook Street | Mayfair, London W1K 4HB, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
+44 (0)20 7495 1685
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Ranked #454 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Description: Composer George Frideric Handel spent much of his life at this house in London.
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Small house museums convey what day to day life might have been like. The guides are particularly knowledgeable, patiently explain the difference between a harpsichord and a piano, and offer advice about concerts and other sites in the local area. I'm a big fan of small house museums. You're not going to get this kind of attention at the V&A.

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Trent Hills, Canada
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

What a treat. To stand where Handel stood. The video before the tour reveals Handel's links with the house. You may be lucky to hear live music as the venue is used for small concerts.

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Lasne, Belgium
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This museum is a very interesting house museum. First of all it is a bit difficult to find the entrance. But don't give up - walk down a wide alley and the entrance is in the back. You'll have to leave your backpacks or bags with the desk but it is locked in a container and you are given a... More

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Spokane, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

If you are a Handel fan, this house should not be missed. Handel lived in this newly built house from 1723 to 1759. It was in this house that he composed several of his most famous works: "The Messiah", and "Music for the Royal Fireworks". After visiting his parish church, St. George's at Hanover Square, I walked to his street... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

If you are a fan of Handel then this is a must but if not, it is still a great place to visit. A Georgian house put back to its original state and very beautifully done. Excellent staff. There is a lift for anyone who finds stairs difficult. We sat and heard a student playing the harpsichord which anyone can... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I came here because i am a National Trust member and the Handle House Museum is a partner and we got 50% off the entry fee. Its quite a nice museum, first you watch a video which is interesting, then you look at Handle's dressing room and bedroom, upstairs is the exhibitions, there is currently one on Jimi Hendrix (as... More

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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

We went to see this house because we are very interested in period interiors. It was small but the main rooms gave you a feel for what a reasonably modest town house would have been like. Extensively panelled and painted in period colour. Beware it is small and from other reviews it is clear that this was a disappointment. We... More

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Amman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I liked Handel's House as a museum. It was a lovely collection of material from Handel's period and while I was there a musician was playing Handel's music on a harpsichord. There was quite a lot of material from which to reconstruct a picture of Handel living in this house and in London at that time. The museum has some... More

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

It is very rare for me to post a poor review, but the Handel House museum was a disappointment. It is difficult to find, tucked in a back street, and lacking in signposts. There appeared to be only three small rooms to see. The sparse furniture was mainly reproduction or borrowed from other museums. The pictures were mainly of Handel's... More

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

A really great museum and former home of Frederic Handel, a great composer and benefactor in the 18th Century. A brief video gives you a broad history of the man and his times, and then room by room you gain more insight into his life. The benefactor side of his life can be viewed more in depth at the Foundling... More

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