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London

The Wallace Collection

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The Wallace Collection
Hertford House Manchester Square
London W1U 3BN
United Kingdom
Venue Type: Museum

Neighborhood:
westminster



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WEBSITE:  
http://www.wallacecollection.org
EMAIL:  
exhibitions@wallacecollection.org
OPEN HOURS:  
Open daily from 10am - 5pm. The Wallace Collection is open to the public on Public Holidays except 24-26 of December
PHONE:  
+44 (0)207 563 9500
FAX:  
+44 (0) 207 224 2155
COST:  
Free
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DESCRIPTION

The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.

Displayed at Hertford House, the main London townhouse of its former owners, the Wallace Collection presents its outstanding collections in a sumptuous but approachable manner which is an essential part of its charm.

It is probably best known for its paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) and Velázquez and for its superb collections of eighteenth-century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes, probably the best to be found anywhere outside France.

But there are also splendid medieval and Renaissance objects, including Limoges enamels, maiolica, glass and bronzes, as well as the finest array of princely arms and armour in Britain, featuring both European and Oriental objects.


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