United Kingdom

Hertford House, Manchester Square

Phone: 020 7563 9500
Fax: 020 7224 2155

Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is one of the finest collections of art ever assembled by one family and became a national museum in 1897. Today the eclectic, wondrous collection is shown in the family's former London home, a tranquil oasis just minutes from Oxford Street. Visitors will be amazed by the fantastic Old Master paintings by artists including Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Hals, Velazquez, Rubens and Gainsborough. Be transported to 18th Century France, surrounded by the world's greatest selection of French 18th Century paintings, furniture and Sevres porcelain, many pieces formerly owned by royalty.The world class armoury is the second largest in Britain and contains many important European and Asian pieces. Also on display are Renaissance treasures, including maoilica, glass and paintings; sculpture; gold boxes and miniatures. This is all enhanced by the opulent setting and the ongoing programme of room restorations.

Permanent Collection

Old Master paintings, with particularly strong French and Dutch collections.
Artists include Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazquez, Steen, Boucher, Fragonard, Watteau and Hals (The Laughing Cavalier)
Furniture (predominately 18th Century French)
Sevres Porcelain
Gold Boxes


Xanto: Pottery Painter, Poet, Man of the Italian Renaissance.
25 January - 15 April 2007
Free Entry
A unique opportunity to discover a great forgotten Renaissance painter in the first maoilica exhibtion to be held in Britain for 20 years. This is the first exhibition ever devoted to the Grayson Perry of his day, an intriguing artist who depicted subjects others steered away from. Due to the process involved in making maiolica, the colours appear as fresh as when they were first painted.

Previous Exhibitions

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Fragmented Images: New Artworks by Charlotte Hodes
3 May - 24 June 2007
Beautiful contemporary ceramics and papercuts inspired by the Collection. Hodes won the 2006 Jerwood Drawing Prize and is the Wallace Collection's Associate Artist.

Renaissance Silver from the Shroder Collection
12 July - 14 October 2007
A rare insight into the virtuosity of the Renaissance goldsmith and the world of the Renaissance Treasury through one of the most important collections of silver to remain in private hands.

Drawings from the Rothschild Collection
8 November 2007 - 27 January 2008
Ravishing and surprising exhibition of 75 drawings, many unseen, by great 18th century draughtsmen.

Louis Le Caze
14 February - 18 May 2008
The first collaboration between the Wallace Collection and the Musee du Louvre. Le Caze was one of the greatest art collectors of the 19th century and a contemporary and rival of the 4th Marquess of Hertford, the collector of the majority of paintings in the Wallace Collection.


Free Entry
Free Exhibitions

Opening hours

Open all year 10am - 5pm
(Closed 24-26 December)

Getting there

Bond Street, Baker Street, Oxford Circus Tubes.
Marylebone Station overland
Many bus routes
Metered parking and car parks nearby.


Beautiful restaurant, The Wallace, in the glazed internal courtyard
Full disabled access
Baby Change

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

Ongoing throughout the year. Check and click on Whats On.
24 February 2007 - A Day in the 18th Century. Whole day of fun in the galleries, including period dancing, music, actors, lectures and family activities. £2 donation suggested.




Wide ranging education programme, including free day events, holiday activities, trails, armour handling.
We stage art classes, study days and seminars for adult learners.

we also offer activities for visually impaired visitors and in BSL.

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We welcome both guided and unguided groups. We can provide guides to give general tours of the Collection, exhibition tours and thematic tours.
Call 020 7563 9551 or email


We ahve a full schools programme for all ages and teachers.
See or call 020 7563 9551.


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We do not currently have a Friends Scheme, but do have a scheme, Heroes and Heroines for high level donors (£500 plus).

We also have a Corporate Membership Scheme.




Venue hire

Drinks receptions and dinners are avaialable in the galleries and Courtyard.

We are also licensed for wedding receptions (but not ceremonies)