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The Wallace Collection, London

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Art Museum Historic Site
See some of the world’s finest art at The Wallace Collection, which displays an impressive array of 18th-century French furniture, porcelain, and Old Master paintings. Established in 1897, this museum is arranged into 25 separate galleries with nearly 5,500 objects. Visit the site to see masterpieces by Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazquez, de Hooch, Van Dyck, and Joshua Reynolds, to name just a few. The museum also holds a large collection of gold boxes, miniatures, sculptures, and armor. Drop in for a free tour and learn the story behind this outstanding collection, or time your visit to coincide with one of many special events, such as specialized lectures and family activities. Plan to visit The Wallace Collection and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended London attractions using our London vacation planner.
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  • Wallace collection is a hidden gem in the middle of London - it should be shouted about. It is such a majestic building filled with wonderful objects. You should really make the effort to see it.  more »
  • The collection is easy to get to just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. It has huge green spaces available for walk, reading or just grab a bite. The collection are commendable a...  more »
  • free enterence. fabulous collection. All items had clear and detailed explanations. If you are into antiques - this is the place to go!  more »
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  • A great place to get lost for a few hours. their Weapon and Armour rooms are incredible! It also has a very nice central/dining area that gets lots of natural light. A hidden gem.
  • Wonderful little museum. The staff are very helpful, there are regular guided tours but you don't need to take them. There are also often events for children on the weekend. Much of the collection is too gaudy for my tastes being as it is very ornate and gold and such. I really recommend the place to go and see all the swords and suits of armour - especially if you have a small boy in tow : )
  • There is no charge. The building and decorations in the rooms are sumptuous and definitely worth visiting. Like a stately home. The rooms are packed with many different types of artifacts - from beautiful old paintings by many artists and china, to ornate armour, weapons and daggers. There seemed to be a tour at 2.30pm. Or you can rent an audio guide. There is a restaurant in the covered courtyard for dining or afternoon tea and also a cafe for drinks and snacks. Had tea and a muffin. Tea came in wrought iron small teapot. Generous amount and reasonable. Setting is nice and service good and friendly. On Sat house viewing closed at 5pm.
  • “Amazing!” Really really nice, I was impressed i did not expect that many portraits and rooms, that's beautiful, well displayed and I would definitely recommend if spending time in london for holidays or even if you live here. Probably more for adults and teenagers.
  • Opulent stately home in the centre of London. Nice collection of paintings; ceramics; weaponry and more. Lovely cafe in bright covered courtyard. Great place to take your mum!

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