A Quick Overview of Handel House Museum
The Handel House Museum is a museum in Mayfair, London dedicated to the life and works of the German-born baroque composer George Frideric Handel, who made his home in London in 1712 and eventually became a British citizen in 1727.
Handel was the first occupant of 25 Brook Street, which he rented from 1723 until his death there in 1759.
- Almost all his works after 1723, amongst them many of his best-known operas, oratorios and ceremonial music, were composed and partially rehearsed in the house, which contained a variety of keyboard instruments, includingharpsichords, a clavichord and a small chamber organ.
- The museum was opened in 2001 by the Handel House Trust as the result of an initiative of the musicologist and Handelian Stanley Sadie in 1959.
- It comprises a carefully restored set of period rooms on the first and second floors of 25 Brook Street together with exhibition rooms in number 23, the adjacent house on the terrace.