Wallace Collection

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The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.

Displayed at Hertford House, the main London townhouse of its former owners, the Wallace Collection presents its outstanding collections in a sumptuous but approachable manner which is an essential part of its charm.

It is probably best known for its paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) and Velázquez and for its superb collections of eighteenth-century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes, probably the best to be found anywhere outside France.

But there are also splendid medieval and Renaissance objects, including Limoges enamels, maiolica, glass and bronzes, as well as the finest array of princely arms and armour in Britain, featuring both European and Oriental objects.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Mon-Sun 10:00-17:00

Closed: 24th-26th December

Admission charges


Additional info

Our library is open to the public by appointment only.

The twenty five galleries are a feast of French 18th Century paintings, furniture and porcelain from the Courts of Louis IV & IV of France and Marie Antoinette. The Wallace is also famous for Frans Hals's Laughing Cavalier and a host of other superb Old Master Paintings, as well as the biggest collection of antique arms and armour outside the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Hals
  • Boucher
  • Canneletto
  • Rubins
  • Rembrandt
  • Velasquez
  • Van Dyke
  • Reynolds
  • Gainsborough
  • Fragonard
  • Titian
  • Guardi
  • Watteau
  • Riesner & Boule furniture
  • Sevres Porcelain
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Collaboration, Conservation and Research: Furniture from the Great Gallery

  • 19 September 2014 — 27 September 2015 *on now

Two pairs of monumental tables have been on display in the Great Gallery for more than a century. The recent Great Gallery refurbishment project provided the perfect opportunity for all four tables to undergo full cleaning and conservation treatment. To address the treatment needs of the tables, the Wallace Collection teamed up with Buckingham New University, City and Guilds of London Art School and West Dean College and several students undertook the work as an integral part of their degree course. Now, some two years later, the tables have returned from treatment and look stunning in their former locations, much as they would have looked in Sir Richard Wallace’s day.

During the course of their treatment conservators and curators were able to analyse the tables forensically, discovering, for example, that the two in the centre of the gallery (F510-511) are not in fact a pair, instead one is a later copy of the other. To learn more about our new findings, as well as the techniques which the students used in their conservation work on these and the pair of pier tables (F514-515), come and visit the display from 19 September in the Conservation Gallery at the Wallace Collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Shooting Buildings website


During the Shooting Buildings project in 2008, students from two London schools worked with a professional photographer to explore architecture and space through digital photography, both at the Wallace Collection and at their schools. This online gallery is the exciting culmination of the 2008 workshops.


  • Wallace Collection
  • Olivia Hemingway
  • Elthorne Park High School
  • West London Academy School

How to obtain

We are running a similar project in spring term 2009. If you would like your school to participate please contact the Education Administrator on 020 7563 9551, or go to www.wallacecollection.org/learning

What's On listings


The Wallace Collection has all kinds of events, talks, tours and activities to make your visit more special. Please click the link to see what's on.

How to obtain

Please browse the calendar or download the PDF file for information about our upcoming events and activities.

Wallace Collection
Hertford House
Manchester Square
Greater London


The Main Website


Wallace Prints


Wallace Restaurant





General Enquiries



Education Department

020 7563 9551

General Enquiries

020 7563 9500


020 7224 2155

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.