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Reviewed 4 March 2018
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Reviewed 28 June 2017
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

I am so glad that I took the time to go here. It is free and the Wallace collection is amazing. What a find!

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank lyn j
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

The Hereford House is a historic building on Manchester Square where the exquisite Wallace Collection is housed. The collection is one of the world's finest small art museums and it is free to visit. Art lovers will definitely want to include a visit here during visits to London.

Here you can see an outstanding assortment of art treasures from the 15th to 19th centuries, including an wonderful holding of 18th century French paintings, furniture and armour as well as a large holding of Old Master paintings. There are many excellent works to be seen here.

Historically, the majority of the Wallace Collection was accumulated by Richard Seymour-Conway, who left the entire house and its contents to his illegitimate son Sir Richard Wallace, for which this museum takes it name.

In 1897, Lady Wallace then bequeathed the property and art collection to the nation, with the simple conditions that it be left unchanged, nothing added or removed, even on temporary loan. At that time, this was considered the single greatest bequest of art treasure to the nation. The museum was opened to the public in 1900. Visitors have been able to see the Wallace collection freely since that time.

There are free tours of the Wallace Collection each day and this is a great way to learn a bit about the rich history of the Hereford House, Mr Richard Seymour-Conway and how he acquired the many items, the stewardship of Sir Richard and Lady Wallace and how the collection came to be bequeathed to the nation.

We have attended these 1 hour tours a couple times and have enjoyed them immensely. We love the connection the Wallace Collection has to Versailles just outside of Paris, this is one of many interesting things you learn when taking the free tour.

Unfortunately the Great Gallery where Old Master collection is presently closed for refurbishments. However, it is scheduled to reopen during this autumn in 2014. Do check the Wallace Collection website for details if you are visiting in the near future.

Hint: There is a small gift shop where you can pick up a souvenir or art book. There is also a courtyard restaurant if you are interested in having a rest for food and drink.

Tip: The Wallace Collection has a well designed website that provides information about the property and history of the collection. You can also find details about the galleries and treasures on display at the Hereford House.

Date of experience: June 2014
4  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Free admission into the mansion. The Wallace collection is beautifully displayed throughout the many impressive rooms starting out in the front state room on the ground floor and taking you to the top floor where you walk through the drawing rooms, old master paintings adorne the walls, French 18th century pictures, porcelain and furniture along with medieval and renaissance works of art. European and oriental armoury date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. The chandeliers and decorative ceilings where very ornate. There's also a great gift shop where you can purchase anything from paper straws to jewellery...
In the courtyard there is a restaurant and cafe.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Ines I
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

The layout and contents of what was a private home in days of yore.Must see.

Date of experience: March 2012
4  Thank Ronda E
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile
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Date of experience: April 2018
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