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 below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Wallace Collection Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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, London W1U 3BN, UK

Phone: 020 7563 9500

Official Website: Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating A wonderful free to visit museum easily accessible by metro. Not crowded at all, photos allowed, but no selfie sticks. Lots of 18th century pictures, porcelain and furniture plus a huge armory. The painting Laughing Cavalier is on tour and is absent. Cafe on premises.
FLnurseER1 - in the last week

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5 Star Rating The front of this building is so grand and splendid. This place is absolutely stunning and I appreciate everything in it. There are some beautiful jewelries, armouries, art collections from all over the world. The Wallace family is absolutely generous. The interior is just so gorgeous there are rooms with blue red green pink wall. Absolutely great place to take pictures to upload to Instagram. We came here on Easter holiday around afternoon it was okay busy.
J. Q - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating The art here is amazing and it’s all so well kept! They don’t just have paintings but a big collection of armor and weapons from around the world. The staff is really nice and inviting especially the man working at the doors.
Axelina - a week ago

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4 Star Rating The Wallace Collection is a must-visit. Such an immense collection acquired by a family and bequeathed to the nation is exceptional! The grandness of the scale and proportion of Hertford House itself is stunning. The set up is cozy and inviting. The rooms are arranged in an intimate style begging us to slowly peruse the collection. The center covered courtyard Cafe is great for a recovery drink or snack. The permanent collection is free to visit but special exhibits are chargeable. This museum is special and time must be set aside for a visit. The location off Oxford Street makes it extremely accessible!
Peter - a month ago

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5 Star Rating I truly felt transported to France once I stepped inside the opulent rooms. Some of the exhibited clocks are still functional and will start ringing at every 00 hour! Amazing. The armoury room is also impressive.
Katie L - 4 weeks ago

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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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