Wallace Collection

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Wallace Collection
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A free to visit, national museum in the heart of central London. Originally a private collection, the artwork was bequeathed to the nation 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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The area
Neighborhood: Marylebone
Marylebone offers what so many London neighborhoods cannot: a village feel coupled with urban convenience. Much of its success rests in its location. Wedged between the northeastern corner of Hyde Park and the southern end of Regent's Park and with a number of Tube stations within easy reach, Marylebone is as pedestrian friendly as Central London gets. The bustling shopping mecca of Oxford Street separates it from Soho and Mayfair, exclusive Regent Street marks its border with Fitzrovia, and cosmopolitan Edgware Road serves as its western edge. Within this enviably situated quarter are an array of outstanding restaurants (from Michelin darlings to down and dirty cheeseburgers), an impressive assortment of independently owned shops, and some of the city's quietest and most pleasant nooks, crannies and cobbled lanes.
How to get there
  • Bond St • 5 min walk
  • Marble Arch • 7 min walk
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A Londoners London
London, UK1,402 contributions
Jul 2020
The Wallace Collection is yet another free offering that is available to tourists and locals alike. From the impressive Reuben's in the entrance hall to wolrd famous Portrait of The Laughing Cavalier. The collection has something for everyone.

Whether it's the splendour of the building and the lavish rooms inside or the eclectic nature of the collection from stunning pieces of furniture through to the collection of arms and armour from around the world.

Situated just off, Oxford Street, it's easily accessible and should be on everyone's to do list.

It's celebrating its 120th anniversary this year (2020) and has recently reopened (15th July 2020), following a 3 month lockdown due to the Covid19 Virus. Only the 3rd time ever it's closed its doors, the other times being caused by two World Wars.

The Covid restrictions have meant the experience of visiting is vastly different to normal and I would advise the following:

1. It's a requirement to book for a visit, so ensure you go to the website and book a time & date suit. I would reccomend a Monday morning. Give yourself at least 90 minutes for a visit. The museum currently closes at 3pm.

2. Londoners work together, so remember this is a visit for everyone not just you.

3. For the best experience use the reccomended Gallery Guide. You can download it from the website or use the QR code on display when you arrive (the Museum has free Wifi)

4. This highlights 2 or 3 objects in each gallery which gives you a great first taste of what the museum has to offer without creating bottlenecks. Many of the rooms at the begining of the tour only hold two to three people at a time. So better to see two objects and move on than hold everyone up outside.

5. Keep moving wiere you can and always be considerate of others (let the elderly & disabled go first and amke sure they have access to seating).

6. The visit is free so if you can afford it please make a donation to continue the upkeep of this magnificent treasure or treat yourself

7. Follow the 2 meter markers on the floor (by all means move away to take a photograph which is allowed here but remeber to keep your 2m distance at all times)

8. If you go on a Momday you can wrap your visit with a visit to Marylebone's oldest pub The Barley Mow a 5 minutes walk away. A monday madness deal offers you a Pie, Mash, peas and gravy and a pint or your choice (or glass of wine) for just £12.50 and is the perfect ending to the day.

If we all do our bit we can support galleries and independent businesses dor generations as Londoners have done for centuries.

Written July 21, 2020
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Cockermouth, UK100 contributions
Sep 2020
After seeing the Wallace collection on TV recently (my wife's a fan of Portrait Artist of the Year!) we booked tickets to visit on our recent trip to London. The main collection is free but we also chose to pay to see the special exhibition on Indian Art.

Staff at the Wallace Collection were welcoming and helpful in directing us around the Covid one way system and we saw the special exhibition first. This came with a most useful Audio Guide which helped put all the works of art into context and explained the relationship between the colonists who'd commissioned the work and the Indian artists who'd produced it. It really was fascinating.

The main collection was equally interesting and has a wide variety of works.

There is nothing negative we could say about our visit - it was great and we highly recommend it. to anyone with even a passing interest in Art
Written September 7, 2020
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UK379 contributions
Feb 2020
I last visited 10 years ago. To be honest it felt like a mausoleum. Nothing like the re-vamped, vibrant feel of the place today, although it was possible to get round in comfort with pushing a and shoving. And all for free. I only had a short time to see the permanent collection as I was there to see the paid for exhibition about Indian paintings for the east India Company. This was outstanding. Every exhibit relevant and intelligently curated.
I had a lunch booking too. The fixed price lunch menu was excellent value for money, and because I had a booking I went to the head of the queue. However, I noticeed that the majority of people just turned up and they had to stand in line for ages to be seated in either the cafe or the restaurant area. This went on beyond the peak hours and seemed to be endemic. I also noticed that service, while very affable was pretty slow. Fine for me, as I was a leisured customer, but not so good for those with other places to be.
Written February 23, 2020
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Emma M
London, UK35 contributions
Feb 2020
The Wallace Collection is housed in a lovely house, what a beautiful collection! Room after room with amazing, paintings, sculptures, furniture - the artillery collection would fire the imagination of any young children. The atmosphere is calm and seems a world away from the bustle of Oxford street (which is about 7 minutes walk away). Best of all it's completely free, there is a proposed, optional GBP5 contribution, if you have enjoyed yourself, but no obligation. In a covered courtyard, there is a very delicious restaurant - hot tip, pre-book a table or you risk standing in a long queue! I paid GBP 22.50 for a 2 course luncheon which was very tasty and well presented. This would be a great place to luncheon, after a busy day helping the British economy on Oxford street, and then spend a quiet hour wandering around the exhibition, with our without children would be fine. There are activities no doubt to do for children (I was not with children, so not certain). However, they do activities like drawing groups and so on, so check out their website!
Written February 17, 2020
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Exeter, UK144 contributions
Jul 2020
I took the underground to Bond Street and walked from there. I arrived too early, so I sat on one of the seats. I found it to be a bit too warm for me, as I sat there, so I got up and stood by the door. I was told to wait there, as I wasn't supposed to walk in until 11.15am and they were only allowing the 11am ones in. I kept getting hotter and hotter, as I stood there in the sunshine. As I fanned myself with my ticket, I was suddenly allowed in. But, I had to stand just inside the door. At 11.15am, the security guard called me over and checked my ticket. I was then told to follow the arrows and also I could either use their toilet beforehand or at the end. Each door to each room had a specific number on it as to how many people they were allowing to be there. While I walked round, there didn't seem to be many people there and so I had virtually no problem. I thought it was very well organised and would recommend this place to everyone who likes art.
Written August 9, 2020
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Birmingham, UK1,432 contributions
Nov 2021
Originally a private collection, this was bequeathed to the nation in 1897 by Lady Wallace who stated that it must never be moved or split up, It houses paintings, furniture, porcelain and even some armour. There is a lovely, airy cafe as well. Free to enter, it is small enough to do in a morning or afternoon and not as busy as some of the larger museums.
Written November 29, 2021
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London, UK560 contributions
Aug 2020
Although we now live in London, we had never been here - and now we wished we had known about it earlier.
Again, one of the plusses during the civic ere is that it is possible to look at art without the crowds.
You must book on advance (free), and because of the size of the rooms, entrance is limited. Don't let that put you off though.
The collection comprises the house itself as well as the furniture and art. There are some amazing pieces of furniture, all well gilded and patently French. The are some amazing pictures dine by very famous artists (e.g.. Rembrandt, Van Dyke, Poussin etc etc. They are just scattered about the rooms and it is up to you to find them.
We were amazed by what we found. Do try it tooà
Written August 25, 2020
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Cardiff, UK1,405 contributions
Feb 2020
This is an amazing, mainly free to visit, collection of old ceramics, paintings, armoury and many other artefacts. Unfortunately the presentation lets it down. Magnificent paintings are crowded together on flock wallpaper. The museum is traditional and frankly old-fashioned with items so closely packed they cannot be appreciated. This is not to underestimate the quality and significance of the exhibits. The exhibition Indian Paintings for the East India Company required an entrance fee. It shows the Indian artistic culture before it was seemingly destroyed by the British. It is an area of international art unfamiliar to most. Unfortunately the exhibition was crowded and the written descriptions difficult to read. The accompanying audio guide was far too verbose to maintain attention with viewing of the first galley completed whilst the audio introduction was still rambling. However the paintings of Indian castes, animals and birds give an impression of forgotten Indian art.
Written February 20, 2020
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laurella w
Alresford, UK1,342 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited here this week, at the moment you need to book your free tickets on line and you can either print them or show them from your phone. The collection is very interesting and the rooms are very beautiful. There is also an area to get tea, coffee, wine, etc as well as cake or a hot food selection.
Written September 30, 2021
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Poznan, Poland324 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
One of the most interesting and best art collections to see in London. Located inside an attractive property, pleasantly situated in Manchester Square - one of central London’s smaller but best preserved Georgian squares - is certainly worth exploring. The number of paintings (Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Canaletto among others), furniture (one of the finest examples of French furniture outside of France), porcelain and other decorative arts is huge, there’s also an impressive collection of arms and armour (European and Oriental). One can find it challenging to see everything in one visit, so I am myself planning to return in the future and once again marvel at these exquisite treasures. The place is not as crowded as other famous museums in London and best of all, the admission is free.
Written February 8, 2020
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