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Hertford House (Manchester Square)
(44) 020-7563-9500 | www.wallacecollection.org
ATTRACTIONEuropean Decorative Art
HOURS/TIMESDaily: 10:00am-5:00pm; Dec. 24-26: Closed
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSLaughing Cavalier; Rembrandts; Titians; Garden Cafe; Townhouse
TUBEBond Street; Marble Arch
Luxurious collection of French period pieces in the former owners’ lovely townhouse. The four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Wallace have assembled gorgeous collections of 18th century paintings, furniture, porcelain, and gold boxes, as well as Renaissance and Medieval objects. Recent exhibitions featuring modern art (such as Damien Hirst’s paintings) indicate the Collection’s desire to stay fresh.
GO HERE WITH
Mother; grandparents; appreciators of French furniture and art
WHY WE LIKE IT
Peaceful residential setting housing the Wallace collection. The brasserie and the café in the courtyard are lovely and provide a welcome respite after viewing the collection.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
While the formal tones of the permanent collection are quite exquisite, the recent temporary modern art exhibits make for an interesting touch. More of this would be welcome and help draw a younger crowd.
GOOD TO KNOW
The fresh new collection of Damien Hirst’s (ended in late January 2010) proved that the Wallace Collection, while its roots are in 18th century art, is looking to keep bringing in art lovers of all ages and tastes.
National Gallery (London)
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