The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace - The Royal Collection

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The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a permanent space dedicated to changing exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, the wide-ranging collection of art and treasures held in trust by The Queen for the Nation.

Changing exhibitions are accompanied by a display of Treasures from the Royal Collection. The display shows some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Duccio, Dürer, Clouet, Rubens, Cuyp, Van Dyck, Claude and Lely, works by Fabergé, as well as furniture, sculpture and ceramics, jewellery, silver and gold.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Open daily, 10:00-17:30

A typical visit lasts between 1 and 1½ hours.

Last admission 16:30. If you are visiting the exhibition late in the afternoon, please be aware of shorter viewing times.

Admission charges

Adult £9.75
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £8.95
Under 17 £4.95
Under 5 Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £24.45

A timed-admission fee of £1.25 per ticket applies to all tickets, excluding Under 17s.

Collection details

Fine Art, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
caricature of "convex" man and "concave" woman

High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

  • 13 November 2015 — 14 February 2016 *on now

Portly squires and young dandies, Jane Austenesque heroines and their chaperones, dashing young officers and corrupt politicians. Just some of the subjects of the keenly observant satires by English caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827).

High Spirits brings together a collection of comic works by Rowlandson and examines life at the turn of the 19th century through the caricaturist's sharp eye and appreciation of humour in everyday life.

Admission

Adult £9.75
Concessions £8.95
Under 17/Disabled £4.95
Under 5 Free

Website

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/high-spirits-the-comic-art-of-thomas-rowlandson-london

painting of a woman during a music lesson

Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer

  • 13 November 2015 — 14 February 2016 *on now

The Dutch artists of the 17th century painted ordinary people doing everyday things. They offer us a glimpse into the rumbustious life of village taverns and peasant cottages, and the quiet domesticity of courtyards and parlours.

While the subject­-matter may be ordinary – the preparation of food, eating and drinking, the enjoyment of music or a family game – the painting is rich and jewel-like, with equal attention paid to a discarded clay pipe as to a fine silk drape. The meticulously documented details often allude to a work's deeper meaning or to moral messages that would have been familiar to the contemporary viewer.

Presenting 20 masterpieces from the Royal Collection, the exhibition includes works by Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch, and Johannes Vermeer's A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, 'The Music Lesson'.

Admission

Adult £9.75
Concessions £8.95
Under 17/Disabled £4.95
Under 5 Free

Website

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/masters-of-the-everyday-dutch-artists-in-the-age-of-vermeer

Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent

  • 18 March — 9 October 2016

Scottish Artists brings together paintings, drawings and miniatures collected by monarchs from George III to Queen Victoria.

It includes the work of painters who were born in Scotland and travelled abroad, such as Allan Ramsay and Sir David Wilkie, and of those whose inspiration remained firmly rooted in their native land, such as Alexander Nasmyth and James Giles.

In particular, the exhibition highlights the importance and influence of artists whose work was shaped by the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £10.00
Concessions £9.20
Under 17/Disabled £5.20
Under 5 Free

Website

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/qgbp/scottish-artists-1750-1900-from-caledonia-to-the-continent

Maria Merian's Butterflies

  • 15 April — 9 October 2016

In 1699, the German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian set sail for Suriname, in South America. There she would spend two years studying the animals and plants which she encountered, aiming to explore the life-cycle of insects (then only partially understood). Those studies led to the publication of the Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (the Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname), a luxury volume which brought the wonders of Suriname to Europe.

Maria Merian's Butterflies tells Merian’s story through her works in the Royal Collection, acquired by George III. Many are luxury versions of the plates of the Metamorphosis, partially printed and partially hand painted onto vellum by the artist herself. Over three hundred years after they were made, these meticulous, brilliant works celebrate a woman whose art and whose story are enduringly popular.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £10.00
Concessions £9.20
Under 17/Disabled £5.20
Under 5 Free

Website

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/qgbp/maria-merians-butterflies

Portrait of the Artist

  • 4 November 2016 — 23 April 2017

The first exhibition to focus on images of artists from within the Royal Collection, Portrait of the Artist not only show-cases self-portraits by world-renowned artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucian Freud and David Hockney but also features images of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo da Vinci by his student, Francesco Melzi. Well-known self-portraits intended to advertise the artist's talents will be shown alongside more intimate and personal works.

The exhibition examines a range of themes played out within these objects, from the 'cult' of the artist to the symbolism evoked through images of the artist’s studio. The changing status of the artist over the centuries is another theme and the way in this is conveyed, both in the physical works and in the relationships between artist and patron will be highlighted. The role of monarchs in commissioning, collecting and displaying portraits of artists will also be discussed.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £10.00
Concessions £9.20
Under 17/Disabled £5.20
Under 5 Free

Website

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/qgbp/portrait-of-the-artist

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace - The Royal Collection
Buckingham Palace
London
Greater London
SW1A 1AA
England

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Telephone

020 7766 7300

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