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 VisitFee: No
Currently ClosedHours 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
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Central and Jubilee Lines||Bond Street||6 MInutes|
|Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Hammersmith and City, and Metropolitan Lines||Baker Street Station||9 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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Ratedout of 5
This museum contains a very unique and special collection of art, including some very unusual items. It is not huge but it is packed with great art. There is a very nice cafe to get food and drinks in an atrium area in the middle of the building. Plan to spend at least 2 hours there to see everything.
Richard Gates - 1 day ago
One of London's top 20 hidden cultural gems. A splendid interior will allow you go back to the past. Revelation awaits you at the door of this amazing place. Your human feeling will transform into divine.
Maliny Moon - 12 days ago
Amazing hidden gem in the heart of Marylebone. I've been living in London for few years and came across this place completely by chance. Free of charge, great collections to see, perfectly preserved. The cafe is wonderful especially during winter since it feels like being outdoors. Definitely going back.
Andreas Garantziotis - 24 days ago
Really lovely gallery - a hidden gem. Well laid out and easy to navigate. Fabulous atrium cafe with a great cake and coctail for £10 offer. Interesting and varied artworks - the Laughing Cavalier most famously
Ruth Brooks - 1 month ago
I've lived in London all my life and I've never been here. What an idiot. The Wallace Collection is a mix of art, history and seriously lavish interiors. The downstairs galleries which house the armoury and weapons exhibits are fascinating although there is almost too much to take in. Upstairs is the majority of the art and incredible furniture. I loved walking through the house, taking in the sumptuous decors of each room. It's like a palace or stately home...but free! As a side note, if you are bringing a large bag or backpack with you, you will be required to leave it in the cloakroom (it's free anyway). Just something to be aware of if you are carrying necessities with you.
Olivia B - 2 months ago