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Leighton House Museum
Leighton House Museum is the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). It is unique among the capital’s museums in combining an exceptional collection of Victorian art with the intimacy of a private home. The house was designed by his great friend, the architect George Aitchison RA as a showcase for artistic taste and to entertain and impress the foremost artists, collectors and celebrities of the day.
The exterior of Leighton House gives little clue as to the treasures that lie within. The highlight of any visit is the extraordinary Arab Hall which reflects Leighton’s fascination with the Middle East where he travelled widely. This room was built between 1877 and 1881 to display his outstanding collection of 16th and 17th-century Islamic tiles and also contains mosaic floors, a gold mosaic frieze, set beneath a gilded dome, and a calming fountain.
Also not to be missed is Leighton’s painting studio on the first floor, with its large north-facing window, picture slot and screen. Leighton produced all the works of his mature career in this room, including the iconic Flaming June.
Concession*: £5 Senior Citizen (over 60s), 12-17yrs, full-time student, disabled, unwaged, carer, Blue Badge Guide
National Trust Member* 50% (NT England and The Royal Oak Foundation ONLY)
FREE: Friends of Leighton House Museum, Art Fund members, Under 5s, Museums Association Members*, ICOM Members*, Blue Badge Guide
*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
- Children welcome