When I was in London over Easter which you can see here and here we visited a museum called The Wallace Collection and today I wanted to share more photos about it! Museums like this are my favorite, where the walls are draped in gorgeous red, green, and purple fabric which beautifully offset the hundreds of paintings in their gorgeous gold frames.The building, called the Hertford House was built in the 1770’s in the heart of London for the 4th Duke of Manchester. It has been a lot of things over the last 200+ years, including the Spanish Embassy, and it was refurbished n 2009. I was actually shocked when I found out the museum was free – just another reason I love the Brits!
In addition, this two story museum not only had rooms and rooms of paintings but also a whole wing of armor – everything from swords and daggers to full warriors on horses in battle gear. Since the Arms & Armour wing at the Met is one of my favorites this was right up my ally! For instance, the photo below is complete horse’s armor dating back before the 1500 and only one of three known to exist and the only one with all original parts that belong together! #socool #historydork
I promise not to go on any longer but in case you want to add it to your next trip go ahead and check out the Wallace Collection website and learn a bit more! We ended our visit in the best possible way – with tea and afternoon sweets in the courtyard in the middle of the mansion!
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Have you ever been to the Wallace Collection?