On the very heart of London there is a beautiful museum – The Wallace Collection – that is hidden in Manchester Square just steps away from Oxford Street. It was closed for renovation for some time and this year it has been reopened. The museum is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm and the admission is free. So even if you have 15 minutes to spare in the area you can go ahead and spend it there.
“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.” – quoted from the website.
The rooms are just breathtaking, so many different colours! Almost every room is decorated differently with variety of wall papers – greens, blues, greys. Golden and blue rooms are especially beautiful!
The collection is marvellous and many types of arts are presented from furniture and decorative art to paintings and sculptures. Some rooms combine furniture, such as clocks, arm chairs, cabinets, with paintings. However some rooms are more specialised displaying only porcelain or armoury.
In fact, there is a whole wing dedicated to armoury of different types and from different times. Great amount of details and variety of metals.
Another thing that caught my eye was a special setting to the works of art that are particularly sensitive to the light. It was very thoughtful to create a leather cover that can be lifted, it protects the artwork and helps to preserve them.