Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a London museum showcasing a world class collection of fine arts dating from the 15th to the 19th century

Home of the Wallace Collection
Home of the Wallace Collection cc licensed photo by Herry Lawford

Located in Manchester Square, the Wallace Collection is a smaller museum by London standards and features an excellent and world famous collection of decorative and fine arts.

The museum was established in 1897, primarily from a private collection acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway. He left his house and the collection to his son Sir Richard Wallace whose widow subsequently bequeathed the house and collection to the nation under the condition that no item was ever to be removed from the collection, not even for exhibitions. The museum and its collection has been open to the public in its present location since 1900.

This fine collection features over 5000 items including many famous paintings and drawings, ceramics, sculpture, miniatures, European and Oriental arms and amour, and gold. Inside the centre of the museum is a pleasant courtyard atrium with the Wallace Restaurant, a French brasserie.

As this collection belongs to the nation, admission to the museum is free including any temporary exhibitions.

The Wallace Collection is located quite close to the Sherlock Holmes Museum so you may want to consider visiting it also while in the area.

For more information about The Wallace Collection including hours of operation visit their official website link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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

Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN, UK

Phone: 020 7563 9500

Official Website: Wallace Collection

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Central and Jubilee LinesBond Street6 MInutes
Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Hammersmith and City, and Metropolitan LinesBaker Street Station9 MInutes

How to get to Wallace Collection by Tube

From Bond Street Station exit onto Gilbert St. and go right (north) on Gilbert St. which turns into James St. then go left (west) on Hinde St. and then right on Manchester Square.

From Baker Street Station exit onto Marylebone Rd. and walk south) on Chiltern St. then left (east) on Dorset St. then right (south) on Manchester St.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5The Wallace Collection Star Rating

5 Star Rating A wonderful collection of over 5,000 marvellous works of art. Free to enter and easy to find. So worth the visit...it is a hidden gem... I was there for two hours, just strolling round from room to room, and the time passed in a flash. As an easy locator ... it "just off" Oxford Street (towards the Marble Arch end) close to Baker Street.

Jane Hardy - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating I didn't really know what to expect here but my girlfriend suggested we visit as it's in a convenient location for us for a Sunday afternoon trip after lunch. There were some interesting collections and nice pieces to see. Some very ornate and detailed pieces of armour and weaponry were probably the highlights for me. We didn't manage to see everything so we'll try to go back to see the rest another time.

Matt Marter - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating This is an excellent place for art lovers! The collections are huge, with detailed explanations to enhance your knowledge about art. There's a restaurant / café, too - and a small shop to buy souvenirs. The museums is completely free and it's far away from touristy crowds. It looks tiny from the outside, but when you're inside you would think it's really large. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions/collections. Perfect to spend your free time alone or with friends!

Leila Alam - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating What a gem! I love nosing around this collection whenever I'm passing by. The staff/ volunteers are very passionate about the paintings, antiques and features of the rooms and offer up great facts and stories. The restaurant is also very good with excellent dishes for vegetarians and meat eaters. Looking forward to my next visit

Rachel Leadbeater - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating We loved this place it’s like a hidden gem! The rooms are really overwhelming with how beautiful they are, there is wall art and beautiful pictures/ decorations. You can go in for free and look around. The workers were also really nice and it wasn’t very packed. Also easily accessible. Definitely would visit it once. There is also some antique jewellery and a room full of swords. Extremely beautiful.

Sid A - 2 months ago

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