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Handel House Museum

  • 25 Brook St. Map It
  • Mayfair

Fodor's Review

The former home of the composer, where he lived for more than 30 years until his death in 1759, is a celebration of his genius. It was the first museum in London solely dedicated to one composer. In rooms decorated in fine Georgian style you can linger over original manuscripts and gaze at portraits—accompanied by live music if the adjoining music rooms are being used by musicians in rehearsal. Some of the composer's most famous pieces were created here, including the Messiah and Music for the Royal Fireworks. To hear a live concert here is to imagine the atmosphere of rehearsals and "salon" music in its day. The museum occupies both No. 25 and the adjoining house, No. 23, where another musical star, Jimi Hendrix, lived for a brief time in the 1960s, as a blue plaque outside the house indicates.

Sight Information

Address:

25 Brook St., entrance in Lancashire Court, London, W1K 4HB, England

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Phone:

020-7495–1685

Sight Details:

  • £6.50
  • Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. 10–6; Thurs. 10–8; Sun. noon–6 (last admission ½ hr before closing)

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