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Wallace Collection

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Address: Hertford House Manchester Square | Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, England
Phone Number: 44 20 7563 9500
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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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A gem of an art museum

The art is unusual in that it reflects one family's collecting over several generations. The curation is superb. It was easy to get a sense of why the art was in the collection... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The art is unusual in that it reflects one family's collecting over several generations. The curation is superb. It was easy to get a sense of why the art was in the collection and the individual tastes of the collectors was explained and then demonstrated. So, it's a great combination of a state owned museum but at a more personal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've visited the Wallace Collection on 4 different occasions and would definitely go and see it again. This time I initially took one of the in house guided tours but found it to be rather boring and long winded. It is easily possible to find your way around and to locate the best parts of the collection just by using... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved this collection. Entry is free and so is the excellent tour. A 5 pound donation is recommended, and really seems like the least you can do given the quality of the collection and tour. Highly recommend the tour. It was intimate and extremely informative. The collection is just amazing. Really enjoyed the armor. We arrived just as it opened... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an amazing collection featuring art by Canaleto, Gainsborough and many,many others. It also has an astounding armory.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is just average. Lovely building and not really great collection of paintings. The people who work there are usually old and unfriendly. There were plenty of people with bags or backpacks but only I was sent back to the cloakroom. The staff member in her early 70's even called me loudly! Never again! Is there an equality policy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Wallace collection is an absolute gem. It is crammed full of outstanding paintings, furniture, ceramics, weapons and armour. You must see the knight in armour on his war horse.The house itself is magnificent and beautifully looked after. The collection is just the right size and after walking around all the rooms there is a lovely cafe in the middle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It's only a matter of taste. Better and more comprehensive than the Frick ,the Morgan Library ,Chateau de Chantilly in fact anything other than the Royal Collections, the Wallace Collection is an absolute must see for anyone interested in pre 20th century art. The definitive collection of 18th century French furniture and one of the great collections of armour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having lived in London for five years and later visited many times, only last year did I discover the Wallace Collection. It is in a beautiful mansion in downtown London, just off Oxford Street on a little square, and houses a marvelous collection of paintings and armor. Seeing such a beautifully maintained historical mansion is a real treat, and makes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has something for everyone and even if one part doesn't capture you others will. It is also of a manageable size so you dont feel overwhelmed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing time at the Wallace collection, you can lose yourself in amazingly beautiful rooms full of the most amazing French furniture and objects.

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