Wallace Collection
Wallace Collection
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
About
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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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.
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  • Bond St • 5 min walk
  • Marble Arch • 7 min walk
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  • sfuhere
    788 contributions
    What a wonderful place!
    I had no idea this place even existed until recently, and I was incredibly impressed by it. Incredible to think it gives free admission (though donations are possible, no pressure is put on you to do so, unlike some places.) It’s housed in a beautiful old mansion on Manchester Square and the artwork is phenomenal. The famous portrait of The Laughing Cavalier is here, together with numerous Canalettos of Venice and pictures by Rembrandt and Rubens. I can heartily recommend it. Also, the cafe is tremendous, with great service and an excellent menu at reasonable enough prices for central London.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 1, 2023
  • az2580
    Chicago, Illinois143 contributions
    Museum is very special but the cafe is the real gem!
    The museum is fabulous if you like old art and artifacts- incredible private collection over two stories of the home, every room filled! Take a tour if you can make the time- very informative. But the real gem is the cafe/restaurant which is in the interior courtyard and has a glass atrium top. Gorgeous space to sit and have tea or a treat.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Tubbytummy
    London, United Kingdom367 contributions
    Should have gone set tour
    This free museum is a real hidden gem. I lived in London for so many years and never heard of it. So much fine art in a beautiful building. Even has a café which is reasonable priced. Staff friendly and more than willing to chat. You will spend hours in there and grab a tea from the café. Had to use google to find the place.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Maureen O
    Dublin, Ireland112 contributions
    Much loved dogs
    Visited the Wallace Collection to view the exhibition of Dog Portraits. What a beautiful display of much loved pets with details of their owners. Wonderful paintings of a wide variety of dogs by a wide variety of artists. Most enjoyable.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Brian T
    London, United Kingdom6,782 contributions
    An outstanding collection of Renaissance art!
    The extraordinary Wallace Collection is one of my favourite art collections in London, and it is worth a visit to see a truly array of art. The Wallace Collection is tucked away behind the Selfridges Department Store in the stately Hertford House overlooking Manchester Square. It houses the private collection of Renaissance art that was amassed by Sir Richard Wallace and the Marquesses of Hertford in the 18th and 19th centuries. On display there is one of the world’s most recognisable paintings, ‘The Laughing Cavalier’, painted in 1624 by Dutch master Frans Hals. But it’s the vast collection of Sèvres porcelain that I love, along with the fabulous paintings of Venetian artist Canaletto; who is not beguiled by Venice? But there is much more to the collection than that. The collection is housed in numerous rooms over three floors in the stately mansion. It’s well-laid out, with clear information to help you appreciate the contents of the collection. Staff are on hand to provide information. As well as stunning paintings from the 14th to the late 19th centuries by artists such as Titian, Velázquez, Rubens and Van Dyck, there’s an incredible collection of 18th-century French paintings and decorative arts. A wider range of decorative arts are actually well represented, with an assortment of medieval and Renaissance objects, maiolica pottery, Limoges enamels, and glassware. There’s some outstanding bronzes, as well as a curious collection of arms and armour. It’s a breathtaking collection and one of London’s little gems! The collection is free to visit, and is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. There’s a cafe and bathrooms facilities. Being located in the heart of the West End just off Oxford Street, access to the collection is easy. Bond Street is probably the best underground station (follow the signs to the exit to Marylebone). Enjoy your visit.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 5, 2023
  • violet339
    London, United Kingdom418 contributions
    I highly recommend Portraits of Dogs to all dog lovers
    I went for Portraits of Dogs and found it to be a really lovely and feelgood exhibition. I thought it really touching that Hockney turned to his dachshunds when his close friends died and he was struggling. A dog surely is a man's best friend. But my favourite paintings were the ones by Landseer. I loved how he depicted the faithfulness of dogs as loyal companions, but also the funny way in which he highlighted their physical peculiarities - my favourite was A Jack in Office where a Jack Russell looks a lot like a pompous old man smoking a pipe. The Queen and her Corgis is just one room but it sits very nicely alongside the Portraits of Dogs exhibition. The Queen was surely one of the most famous dog lovers. I'm sure her corgis gave her great comfort at the end. I also had a look round the rest of the building afterwards. I personally found the furniture and decorative elements more interesting than the paintings. I thought the staging or setting was beautiful but there was very little explanation. The restaurant in the courtyard looked great. This actually seemed to be the busiest area which suited me as I hate going round a crowded gallery. I might try it another time. But it was a great experience overall.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Dawn 25
    Lambourn, United Kingdom16 contributions
    What a wonderful place to visit !
    Wow was the first thought that entered my head as I walked into the hall of this fine building . Having made the short trip on foot from Marylebone I was looking forward to my first visit and I was not disappointed . Simply stunning rooms and items with great information attached . Great helpful guides as well that made it a more personal visit . Was on a tight schedule so unable to view the entire property so it will be a pleasure to return . This attraction is free but it’s so with a generous Donation by all who visit. Wonderful ! And thank you
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Curiosity637680
    Richmond, United Kingdom8 contributions
    Stunning exhibition about dogs!
    Please ignore the rather sour review in The Guardian. The exhibition about dogs, especially the wonderful paintings by Landseer are very much appreciated by the general public. A really sweet and heartfelt exhibition. Preceded by lunch in the excellent restaurant!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 5, 2023
  • ValTag
    Los Altos, California10 contributions
    Delightful Visit - Unexpected Treasures
    We travel often to London and have visited the most known sites many times. I was very fortunate recently to discover the Wallace Collection. What a wonderful experience, tucked away in a lovely square but very central to shopping on Duke Street. Admission is free with the exception of special exhibits such as the Dog Portraits which was outstanding. Each room features a fascinating collection of British and French history, breathtaking paintings, porcelain, period furniture and knights armour. My favorite portrait of the young Queen Victoria is displayed. One can delightfully spend a morning or afternoon here, they also serve a lovely tea in the cafe. We look forward to returning.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 17, 2023
  • DunelmArts
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,131 contributions
    Fabulous Art just off Oxford Street!
    Located in Hertford House, The Wallace Collection's permanent collection is free to visit. And what a collection it is! There are paintings, sculpture, armour, objets d'art, furniture and porcelain including the famous Laughing Cavalier by Hals and Fragonard's The Swing. Other masterpieces include works by Titian, Van Dyke, Reubens, Canaletto and Velasquez. I also visited the temporary admission based exhibition on dog portraiture - just lovely. Well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 23, 2023
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Borderer12
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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A Londoners London
London, UK1,406 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.

Enjoy!
Written July 21, 2020
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CumbriaRoadtripper
Cockermouth, UK104 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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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,978 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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ste141
Exeter, UK173 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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JonS
Melbourne, Australia45 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This is a mixed bag of a review.
The Wallace Collection of paintings, furniture, ceramics and armour is justifiably world class. It is very conveniently located off Oxford Street and its cafe and restaurant are very good quality.
Entry is free!
On the other hand, the lavish guidebooks sold at the entrance are large, heavy and correspondingly expensive.
We were very disappointed to find there was a surprisingly poor level of information made available to the visitor who does not buy one of these guidebooks. We hired an audio guide but found out it only mentioned 'highlights' which meant maybe one picture or piece of art was mentioned in a room full of magnificent furniture from Versailles and with walls covered in gorgeous masterpieces. Labelling was limited and some pieces had no identification at all.
So we enjoyed looking at the art but were left wanting information on the majority of the collection.
So the audio guide is a waste of money but unless you are prepared to buy one of the coffee table sized (heavy) books and have room to pack it in your luggage, you will be walking around not knowing much about what you are looking at.
The real highlight was discovering how enjoyable lunch was with a glass of sparkling in the glass roofed courtyard restaurant. Sensory overload hits pretty quickly when looking at such beautiful art and we definately needed a break before finishing the tour by walking through a confusing array of oriental armour and finding the way out.
Written January 1, 2020
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PawelJZ
Poznan, Poland366 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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FoodieAway
8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The amount of artwork/sculptures/furniture/military apparel crammed into what from the outside seems a small building is staggering!
Went to exhibit on Indian empire art-wonderful and free audio tour. Could of been some seats though.

Cafe has a beautiful decor and staff friendly. Food modestly priced-scone, cream, jam, choice of any tea in pot 7.50-ask for hot water though as makes tea go further and tea wasn't too hot. Hot scones the best!
Written February 14, 2020
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global-traveller48
London, UK568 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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