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The Munnings Art Museum

Castle House Castle Hill | Castle House, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6AZ, England
+44 1206 322127
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Children loved it

I've been as an adult before and loved the house and contents, but I was impressed by how much the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
B F
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Munnings for all the family

A rare treat to experience this wonderful house and art in almost a time warp from when Munnings... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ruaraidh T
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London, United Kingdom
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Alfred Munnings' lifetime spanned the late Victorian era through to the Atomic Age and in that epic arc of an increasingly modern world his art and lifestyle held firm to a traditional pastoral and rurally-inspired sensibility. Widely known for his paintings of horses and of horse-racing, the scope of Munnings' talent also produced iconic rural scenes which have the lyrical power to transport those who visit The Munnings Art Museum back in time to a lost world where people worked the land with horses and made time to delight in a lazy drift along an autumnal river. The museum, in the artist's former home and studio, presents carefully curated displays, from its comprehensive collection of Munnings' work, charting the artist's life and career: from his childhood at Mendham Mill in Suffolk, through his training at Norwich School of Art and as a commercial illustrator's apprentice, and finally to the work for which he is globally recognised. The chronological displays are complemented by two galleries, which have been recently refurbished, dedicated to a special exhibition entitled: 'Munnings and the Horse'. This exhibition examines the way in which the artist created his horse pictures, from basic drawings through to painted sketches and fully finished canvases. It also includes examples of his sculpture, a medium in which he rarely worked.
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Castle House Castle Hill | Castle House, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6AZ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been as an adult before and loved the house and contents, but I was impressed by how much the young children enjoyed their visit. The house is not too big and the inter-connecting rooms made it possible to keep an eye on them as...More

Thank B F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A rare treat to experience this wonderful house and art in almost a time warp from when Munnings was alive. The volunteers were great with our young children too.

Thank Ruaraidh T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just loved this place. A beautiful building full of Munnings' works. I hadn't realised the breadth of his talent. Well worth a visit - plenty of parking.

Thank PierrelePilote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a lovely way to end an afternoon after a visit to this wonderful museum house and grounds. Afternoon Tea in the garden was made very special by all the wonderful staff at the cafe. They all went out of their way to make our...More

Thank MagdalenWood
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Munnings was an interesting man, and had a somewhat sensational private life that became a movie. He didn’t just paint horses but did a nice line in romantic/escapist pictures. He didn't like modernism, but you shouldn't hold that against him: at least his attitudes were...More

Thank Max W
Reviewed 7 June 2017

We took the curators tour of the museum which was totally brilliant. The house and exhibits are wonderful and her information made it all come to life. We could not have enjoyed it more.The cafe is excellent and the staff there and in the museum...More

Thank Gill E
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Definitely recommend a visit to Munnings Museum and the café. A beautiful setting, lovely gardens and a stunning array of the works of this artist. Brilliant day out.

Thank Maggy1349
Reviewed 15 February 2017

A beautiful setting, lovely gardens and a stunning array of the works of this artist, especially famous for his equestrian subjects.

Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 18 January 2017

A delightful gallery with some exceptional paintings. Very well worth a visit. Although the gallery is situated in the famous Constable Country, It is a bit hidden in the village of Dedham ( Which is a gem in itself.)

Thank David C
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Wonderful collection of Munnings' paintings plus lovely house/ garden, good cafe and Dedham close by - always good to visit.

Thank Hazel M
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