Leighton House Museum, London
Categories: Art Museums, Museums
Located on the edge of Holland Park in Kensington, Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century. Until 29 March the Museum showcases A Victorian Obsession. The Pérez Simón Collection which presents over 52 pictures of leading Victorian artists rarely exhibited before.With our custom trip planner, London attractions like Leighton House Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Absolutely gorgeous home with fascinating information about the collections, belongings, furnishings and decor. No pictures allowed or believe me I would have taken some. Stunning detail. Not to be mi... read more »
Don't judge a book by its cover, art by the square inch, or Da Vinci cartoons by the giggles. Leighton House is plain externally and tiny inside, but no less profoundly worth visiting for that: it's O... read more »
Leighton House will only take an hour or so of your time, and is a worthwhile visit. The first floor Arab Room is extremely opulent. Many nice paintings, especially "Death of Brunellesci". Too bad the... read more »
What a find! This place is special and unique. I had never heard of Leighton before my visit, but he was clearly a talented and interesting character. The house and studio are stunning, a feast for the eyes. Highly recommend timing your visit for the 3pm wed or Sunday tours. Our guide had encyclopaedic knowledge and was very engaging. This place is right next to Holland Park, and the combination make a great afternoon out, off the beaten tourist trail.
Interesting and curious house, with differently decorated rooms of various cultures. Lord Leighton was well travelled and culturally diverse and the house is a good example of this. There are guided tours or audio guides is that's your thing or you can wander around as you wish. However, photography is prohibited, the tickets are a little expensive (£5) for the small size of the building and so little that is on display. It fills half an hour in your afternoon if you have visited Holland Park and would like to see something curious.
Leighton House belonged to one of the artistic superstars of the 19th century and is an important surviving example of a purpose-built Victorian artist's studio. The museum will appeal to those interested in the Pre-Raphaelite movement and Aestheticism; if like me, you came for the interior design and architecture, then £10 may seem a bit steep for what is essentially a one room wonder (most of the building's contents were dispersed). If you do visit Leighton House, be sure to pass by the nearby Tower House, which was built for Leighton's contemporary William Burges. It now belongs to Jimmy Page.
Amazing little museum, a real gem hidden away down a back street. Was lucky enough to see the exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite drawings, but the house itself is stunning with its little Islamic courtyard a true surprise.
No photography allowed, nice one room wonder, it would be far more well known if people could take photos. I hate this 'no photos, we may want to commercialise our look later' attitude lately of many first and second rate venues. We are not in the early 20th century anymore, we document our lives with images, you just decided you won't be part of our memory going forwards (it may become a hazy movie in my mind, but wont be enjoyed by y grandchildren and beyond).
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