Wallace Collection

March 2, 2009 at 10:19 pm | Posted in General, London, museum, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | 5 Comments
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At the Wallace Collection you’ll find a rich array of antiques ranging in weapons to art and objects d’arte. It’s a beautiful building (currently being refurbished) with a roof enclosing the central courtyard and its restaurant (I saw a few people having high tea!).

Wallace Collection (2) Wallace Collection (3)

Most of the rooms including the lush Great Hall have artwork on the walls and numerous smaller pieces in display cases scattered around. Many of the cupboards are also fine period examples in their own right. The other parts of the collection are devoted to middle ages’ armor, weapons and cavalry. In effect the Wallace Collection offers a little for those who love art and those who might find military paraphernalia a bit more enticing.

While I was visiting they had a temporary exhibit covering  a collection of treasure hidden (predominantly coins and brooches) during the Black Death.

I observed a very in-depth tour in progress while I was wandering around. The guide was discussing in great detail the paneling and urban legends behind a particular French chest of drawers. Perhaps a bit too intensive for me but I’m sure many people will enjoy it. An audio guide is available however I only noticed a handful of numbers around the collection.

I would have liked some information about the history of the collection and while there are no display boards the staff were more than happy to provide a verbal summary.

I particularly enjoyed this free museum in the middle of London (near Bond Street Tube) as it has a strong and diverse collection.

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