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The Munnings Art Museum
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Dedham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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259 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Been here before long ago, and loved it then. This time I loved it even more, and praise must go to the charming witty stewards. Munnings' paintings are a favourite of mine anyway, but here, beautifully displayed in his home setting, they take on so much meaning. His horse and people paintings, his scratchings on the outhouse wall, his garden studio and personal possessions, all are fascinating. As for the scandal surrounding his first wife, I can't wait to buy the book and video "Summer in February". We watched the black and white TV interview with his widow which was very interesting, walked in the garden and some of our group took tea. Fascinating visit.

Visited June 2014
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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“A hidden treasure”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

In the heart of the Dedham Vale there is a hidden treasure. Sir Alfred Mullins Art Museum is a joy, filed with many original works of art by this brilliant artist. I lost count of the number of pictures sculptures and personal articles in the house. All exhibits are displayed sympathetically and volunteers are on hand to provide information about each, whenever requested. Although the car park is gravelled access for wheelchair users is quite good, the house is easy to negotiate. The artists studio and the Tea House are located a little away from the house but both are readily accessible. This is a superb museum and one which I feel privileged to have attended. There will definitely be a return visit from me.

Visited June 2014
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“Wow! Food for the soul and eyes!”
Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

After seeing Summer In February last year, we have been planning this trip for a while. This house, art collection and whole story of AJMunnings & his life/career/wives is gripping and truly romantic. I could sense him everywhere, the stewards were incredibly helpful, knowledgable and made us feel totally 'at home'! Tearoom had cake that is all home made, excellent coffee and sandwiches looked great too. Would recommend you arrive at 2 to give yourself time to wonder through the several rooms of his art and seeing where he lived properly. His studio is plain and almost left as though he's just popped out. Cannot wait to go back, it's fine for kids of say 10+ too.

Visited May 2014
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit.........”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

We spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon wandering around the house and grounds. The paintings are wonderful. The story of Sir Alfred Munnings life is well told with lots of information. The stewards were friendly, helpful and very enthusiastic. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Munnings the man may not have been the pleasantest of people, but his paintings and this house are lovely. Go on a warm sunny day and wander round the gardens and his studio too. Lovely place.

Visited January 2014
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