Gainsborough's House

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Gainsborough's House is the birthplace museum of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), one of the greatest artists in the history of British art. Gainsborough's House has the largest collection of Gainsborough's work on display at any one time, in Britain.

The house itself dates from around 1500 and retains many interesting architectural features. Its Georgian facade, built by Thomas Gainsborough's father, and other elegant additions date from the eighteenth century.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm;

Closed: Good Friday and between Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Adults £4.00
OAPs £3.20
Children, students £1.50
Group rates are available to parties of ten or more.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Painting Room

  • 24 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now

In the eighteenth century artists referred to the space where they worked and where sitters went to have their portraits painted, as the painting room.

This exhibition explores the character and use of this important place, which was usually a room in a domestic house. Distinct from the show room where visitors could view finished work, the painting room was the artist's inner sanctum, a private world containing the tools and instruments of the artist's practice.

This exhibition emerges from a major study of the painting room supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Gainsborough's House
46 Gainsborough Street
CO10 2EU



01787 372958


01787 376991

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