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Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street
020 7495 1685
Handel House Museum
The great baroque composer George Frideric Handel lived at 25 Brook Street from 1723 to 1759. Here he composed famous works such as 'Messiah', 'Zadok the Priest' and 'Music for the Royal Fireworks'. Today Handel House Museum is a beautifully restored historic house, intimate live music venue and museum offering an insight into Handelâ€™s life, 18th century music and culture. Paintings and prints of Handel and his contemporaries provide a backdrop to Handelâ€™s life in London.
Permanent Collection Highlights (5)
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A selection of manuscripts, printed scores, portraits and prints from the Handel House Collections Trust. Objects include a letter from Handel to Charles Jennens - librettist for 'Messiah' and other Handel works, an autograph leaf from 'Esther' and an autograph of Mozartâ€™s arrangement of a Handel fugue. The museum also contains items on loan from other organisations, including a portrait of George I from the National Portrait Gallery and a wonderful portrait of Handel after Thomas Hudson from The Royal Collection.
New exhibitions and small displays on Handel and Handel-related themes occur every year. The scale of exhibitions will vary as Handel House is a small museum with limited space and resources.
A Year in the Life of Handel: 1738 (October 2014 - June 2015)
She Was DespisÃ©d: Handel and Susannah Cibber (February 2014 - September 2014)
The Triumph of Music Over Time (November 2013 - February 2014)
A Year in the Life of Handel: 1713 (July 2013 - November 2013)
25 Brook Street (April 2013 - June 2013)
Charles Jennens (November 2012 - April 2013)
Diamond Jubilee Pageant Picture Competition (June 2012 - June 2012)
The Music Party (September 2011 - November 2011)
25 Brook Street (April 2011 - April 2012)
Hendrix in Britain (August 2010 - November 2010)
Mr Handel's Friends (November 2009 - February 2010)
Handel Reveal'd (April 2009 - October 2009)
Handel & the Divas (April 2008 - November 2008)
Handel and Glyndebourne (May 2007 - October 2007)
Handel & the Castrati (March 2006 - October 2006)
Hendrix: A Private View (November 2003 - July 2004)
Handel and the Foundling Hospital (March 2003 - November 2003)
Â£2 Child or FREE on Saturdays
FREE for Handel House Friends and ArtFund members.
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10am to 6pm
Thur, 10am to 6.30pm
Sun, 12pm to 6pm
Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays
Last admission 30 mins before closing.
Tube: Bond Street, Oxford Street
Buses: All buses that stop on Oxford Street.
Parking: Parking meters on Brook Street. Disabled parking in Brooks Mews.
Museum information in other languages
Guide dogs allowed
Due to building works taking place at the museum there is no lift access, toilets or baby changing facilities available until late 2015. Please call museum for before your visit
Museum internal and external photos (2)
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News and events
Handel House holds recitals every Thursday evening at 6.30pm in the intimate Rehearsal and Performance Room. There are also regular weekend events of live music, recitals-talks and events for families.
The Learning Programme is designed to complement a range of subjects from the National Curriculum with opportunities for cross-curricula work with other subjects such as History and Literacy. In addition, the Museum has an outreach programme, in which Handel Houseâ€™s Composer-in-Residence works with local schools, other organisations such as RNIB. Weekend events include lecture-recitals on Handel-related themes.
Guided group visits are given by one of Handel House Museumâ€™s specialist volunteer guides who have in-depth knowledge about Handel, his house in Brook Street and 18th century London. Group visits can include a recital. All group visits must be booked in advance. The cost per person ranges from Â£8 to Â£15 depending on the type of visit. Due to the nature of the House, minimum and maximum group sizes apply. Visit http://www.handelhouse.org/your-visit/groups or call 020 7399 1953
A selection of workshops with a focus on composition and music-making are available from Foundation Stage through to students studying post-16. Workshops provide students with an opportunity to work with professional musicians in a unique historic environment. Workshops are normally only available on Mondays when the Museum is closed to the public.
Family trails are available at reception.
Full time students qualify for concession price admission on presentation of proof of status.
Concessions apply to 60 years and over, people with disabilities and ES40 cardholders on presentation of proof of status.
People with disabilities are allowed one carer in for free.
Free admission applies to Handel House Friends and The ArtFund members (on presentation of a valid membership card).
Handel House has a Friends scheme with varying levels of support. Depending on the membership level, the scheme can entitle you and a guest to free unlimited admission to the Museum, advance booking for events, a newsletter three times a year, and a special Friends event once a year.
The Museum receives no government funding and is entirely reliant on donations, grants from trusts and foundations and income from admissions.