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Wallace Collection (The)
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The Wallace Collection is both a national museum and the finest private collection of art ever assembled by one family. It was acquired between 1802 and 1875 by three generations of the Marquesses of Hertford and by the 4th Marquess' son, Sir Richard Wallace, whose widow bequeathed it to the nation in 1897. It is displayed against the opulent backdrop of Hertford House, which was once the family's main London residence.

Although probably best known for its magnificent eighteenth century French paintings, furniture and porcelain, the Wallace Collection also displays many other treasures such as paintings by Titian, Rembrandt and Frans Hals (The Laughing Cavalier). There is also the finest collection of princely armour and arms in Britain as well as opulent displays of gold boxes, miniatures, sculpture and medieval and Renaissance works of art.

Exhibitions and special events run throughout the year. Admission free.


Nearest UK Airport: Heathrow
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes
Contact Name for Groups: Claire Mun-Gavin
Admission Price: Free
Gift Shop: Yes
Catering: Restaurant/Refreshments

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