Leighton House Museum is the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Located on the edge of London’s Holland Park, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings of the nineteenth century. The Arab Hall is the centrepiece of the house. Designed to display Leighton's priceless collection of over 1000 Islamic tiles, the interior evokes a compelling vision of the Orient. A golden mosaic frieze encricles the room, elaborate decorative paintwork illuminates the domed ceiling, coloured marbles clad the walls and in the centre a fountain adds a calming murmur to the sumptuous atmosphere. The opulence of the Arab Hall continues through the other richly decorated interiors with gilded ceilings and walls lined with stunning peacock blue tiles by the ceramic artist William De Morgan. On the first floor is Leighton's grand painting studio, where he worked for many hours almost every day that he was at home. With its great dome and apse the studio is the heart and purpose of the house and was also the venue for Leighton's celebrated musical evenings. Leighton was at the very centre of the London artworld and many of the leading figures of the day were welcomed into his extraordinary home. Today it draws visitors from around the world. The Museum provides an unforgettable insight into Leighton’s private world and is a unique venue for the understanding and appreciation of Victorian art and architecture.
Leighton House Museum is open daily except Tuesdays from 10.00 to 17.30. Last entry is 17.00pm. Free guided tour every Wednesday and Sunday at 3pm The House is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Leighton House Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
£9 Adult £7 Concession: Senior Citizen (over 60s), 12-17yrs, full-time student, disabled, unwaged, carer, Blue Badge Guide Free Entry: Friends of Leighton House Museum, Art Fund members (National Art Pass), Under 5s, Museums Association Members*, ICOM Members*, Accredited Press* *ID / valid proof of membership will be requested where concessionary or free entry applies. If you cannot present your membership card, full charges will apply
- Museums Association
- National Art Pass
Underground: High Street Kensington, Olympia or Holland Park. Buses: 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 328 stops on Kensington High Street/Earls Court Road Car: Metered car parking is limited in Holland Park Road and surrounding streets. The Holland Park car park off Abbotsbury Road is approximately ten minutes' walk away.
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Facilities and services
- Education facilities available
- Facilities for private functions and events
- Gardens open to public
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Research facilities for academics
- Study facilities
- Activities for pre-school children
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Events and resources for children and families
- General guide to collections available
- Guided tours
- Large print information and/or interpretation
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Pre-booking service for groups
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