First opening its doors to the public in 1904, Watts Gallery is a purpose built art gallery created for the display of the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904).
Tues to Sat 11.00-17.00
Mondays apart from Bank Holidays
Check for opening times over Christmas and New Year.
Standard Adult: £7.50 (£8.50 including gift aid) £1 donation
Children under 16: Free
Student price: £3.75 (half price admission)
Art Fund: Free
Discounted Tuesdays (every Tuesday): All tickets £3.75 (£4.25 including gift aid) 50p donation
(No group booking on Tuesdays)
Groups: Coach parties welcome if booked in advance. Group rates/ tours available.
Our library and archive is open to the public by appointment only.
Liberating Fashion: Aesthetic Dress in Victorian Portraits
- 17 February — 7 June 2015 *on now
The exhibition showcases masterpieces by the Victorian Greats, including Watts, Leighton, Burne-Jones, Alma-Tadema and Tissot alongside fashion, photography and drawings.
The exhibition sheds new light on how Aestheticism led to a re-assessment of perceptions of beauty and heralded a fashion reform. These captivating portraits from the Aesthetic movement demonstrate how the sitters engaged with the changes in fashion, and how this in turn influenced a change in portraiture.
Normal admission charges apply
Watts at Dusk: Museums at Night
- 15 May 2015 5-9pm
Celebrate the current exhibition 'Liberating Fashion', don some Victorian clothing and pose for a calling card picture you can take away with you. Discover the collection of Victorian art and explore the Arts & Crafts Gallery after dark, then tour the exhibition to learn about how the portraits on show were part of a fashion revolution. Enjoy live music, a well-stocked bar and twilight picnic on the lawn provided by the Watts Gallery Tea Shop.
- Any age
Half price entry to the Gallery £3.75 all tickets (to include all activities tours and workshops, excluding optional refreshments)