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“A worthwhile trip and delight to see.”

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.
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Having checked the website for opening times (it is not open everyday and only afternoons) Made a day trip to the lovely area around Dedham and visited on a glorious summers day when the grounds looked their best.
Volunteer staff excellent to guide and answer queries in this homely house left much as it was in the Munnings' day. Pictures displayed with good captions and story of Sir Alfred and the periods and people of influence in his life well told. His note books and sketches added to the interest and story. Pictures shown on two floors of house - no lift evident.
It is the story of a great painter of recent time who was his own man. Interesting short video interview of Lady Munnings in black and white made an interesting side attraction.
After the house visit the studio in the gardens and the excellent tea room adjoining.
A great day out for us!

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Interesting art, displayed in Munnings beautiful old house and a great little tea shop out the back for a cuppa & homemade cake afterwards

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

My wife and I visited the area mainly because we wanted to visit this museum. We were not disappointed! The house is very well looked after, with an excellent selection of artworks by Munnings and the guides were so knowlegeable and helpful, making the visit a really enjoyable experience. Love him or hate him, Munnings was never dull and, somehow, the museum helps to bring his story to life.

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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.

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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.

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