Handel House Museum
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- Free entry with National Art Pass.
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This beautifully restored Georgian town house at 25 Brook Street was home to the great baroque composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759.
This was Handel's first private home in London, marking a significant change in his domestic arrangements. Up to 1723 he had lived with a number of his wealthy patrons and so his move to Brook Street indicates that he had achieved financial stability thanks to the success of his Italian operas and his court appointment earlier in the year to the Chapel Royal.He composed some of the greatest music in English history there, including Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks.
The Handel House Museum opened to the public in 2001. It has been restored as faithfully as possible to the early Georgian interiors of 25 Brook Street. As well as displaying portraits of Handel and his contemporaries, the house holds frequent music rehearsals, weekly concerts, special events and regular exhibitions.
Legendary American guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix lived on the top floor flat at neighbouring 23 Brook Street in 1968–9. From February 2016 his flat was opened the public, and accessible via Handel House Museum (please note: discount only applies to Handel House tickets).
The Handel House collection includes items of fine art, manuscripts and printed material related to the life, work and times of the composer. Included are early editions of operas and oratorios, prints, portraits, medallions and sculpture.
Art Funded works
A significant collection of late 18th-century prints from the Lennox-Boyd Collection were acquired with Art Fund support in 2005. Many of these prints are exhibited throughout the museum and depict some of the musical personalities that Handel would have known and worked with.
Art Fund also gave grants to assist the purchase portrait of Handel’s Italian opera soprano Faustina Bordoni by Bartolomeo Nazari, and the portrait of Charles Jennens by Thomas Hudson, both on display in the house.
Please note that building work is currently taking place at Handel House. The museum will remain open throughout the works but there is no lift access or toilets and visitors will have to use the staircases. There is also restricted access to discreet areas of the building.
Art we've helped buy at Handel House Museum
Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)*
*Please note: free entry only applies to Handel House tickets. Combo tickets with Hendrix flat are subject to 50% discount
Mon – Sat, 11am – 6pm
Sun, 12pm – 6pm
Last admission 5pm