Devoted to the life and times of one of London’s most legendary composers, the Handel House Museum is a must for fans of classical music. Housed in the grand Georgian town house where George Frideric Handel lived from 1723 to 1759, the museum has been restored in period style, offering a fascinating glimpse into the life of the great Baroque composer.
Visitors can learn about Handel’s rise to prominence, from his early life in Germany to composing for the British Royal family; admire an eclectic collection of instruments, Handel portraits, manuscripts, and personal effects; and discover the origins of masterpieces such as 'Messiah', 'Zadok the Priest', and 'Music for the Royal Fireworks', all composed at the house.
The museum also serves as a live music venue, regularly hosting concerts, lectures and other music-themed activities.
The Handel House Museum is located in Mayfair, central London, and is open from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Adult admission is £10.
Did You Know? Brook Street’s musical heritage doesn’t end with Handel. The flat across the street at 23 Brook Street recently opened as a museum devoted to its former resident – music icon Jimi Hendrix.