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Handel and Hendrix Museum Admission Ticket

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Overview

At a glance
Category: Museums & Attractions
Duration: Flexible
Highlights
Step back in time on a history tour
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Description
Enjoy an hour or two exploring this hidden historical gem in the heart of London.  At 25 Brook Street, make your way up the wonky, 250 year old  staircase and step back in time into George Frideric Handel's music rooms where he composed, rehearsed, performed and conversed with the leading musical luminaries of the baroque age. This is where he wrote Messiah, and these are the windows from which he threatened to throw opera stars when they refused to sing his arias.  

Musicians are often found practicing on one of the harpsichords throughout the day, offering a beautiful atmospheric accompaniment as you make your way around Handel's house - don't miss the adjoining current exhibition celebrating the famed baroque tenor John Beard.  

Making your way up to the second floor, you will find yourself in Handel's dressing room and the beautiful bedroom in which he eventually died of old age after 35 years at the heart of English music.  

On the third floor of the museum, you will find yourself transported to 60s London and the height of its swinging heyday.  The city which embraced one of the greatest guitarists the world has ever seen and made him famous, London, held a special place in Jimi Hendrix's heart and he described the flat he lived in with his girlfriend Kathy at 23 Brook Street as the first place he'd ever truly called home. Painstakingly recreated from intensive research and with Kathy's invaluable help on numerous tiny details, a short step away is the room made famous in copious film footage and photographs where Jimi lived, loved and played in 1969 before his tragic death just a year later at the height of his fame at the age of just 27.
Inclusions
Admission ticket
Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Location

Meeting point
London

Reviews

Sep 2017

Five stars only because you can't give 500!

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed the museum. I'm a Hendrix fan, and that said, spent as much time in the Handel side because of the friendly and knowledgeable staff, who went out of their way to engage, inform and educate.

Musicians were practicing for a concert that evening, and I was fortunate to be able to sit and enjoy. Later, a singer was warming up. Hearing harpsichord and strings, as well as an opera singer resonate through a home with so much musical history was otherworldly.

The Hendrix flat was as well-done and true to the period as the Handel side. Bravo for having Kathy Etchingham consult on Jimi's room. The intern there was very knowledgeable and informative.

The displays of the Epiphone acoustic guitar and Roger Mayer's Octavia, especially the description of Jimi's use of effects and why were outstanding.

My visit was the fulfillment of a longstanding dream and a perfect bookend to my visit earlier that week to the Tate Modern to see the Soul Of A Nation exhibit. Thank you for committing the time, effort, and resources to preserving this fragile piece of African American history, as well as tying Jimi's legacy with Handel. Looking at stairs both of them tread fires the imagination.

Again, thank you.
Calvin Thomas Jr
Independent Film Producer
Prodigal Altar Boy Films

Jul 2017

I loved visiting Handel and Hendrix Museum! I grew up on Jimi Hendrix's music so it was really neat to go through the place where he lived. I wish I would have gotten the man's name who worked there and was in Jimi's bedroom when I walked through. He was full of information and so fun to talk to. I really enjoyed visiting there!

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