Compton Verney

Compton Verney
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Visitors of all ages are warmly welcomed to this award-winning art gallery. Housed in a grade I listed Robert Adam mansion and surrounded by stunning 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland, Compton Verney offers a great day out.
Be enthralled by our programme of exhibitions,explore art from around the world and stroll along our woodland walk. All this alongside an exciting events programme, including fun family activities, adult workshops, tours, lectures and talks.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Compton Verney is closed for the winter. It will re-open to the public on Saturday 14 March 2015.

Admission charges

Prices subject to seasonal variations - please telephone for further information.
Adults with Gift Aid: £8.00 collections & grounds
Adults with Gift Aid: £15.00 collections, grounds & exhibition

Concessions with Gift Aid:(student in full time education, over 60 and unwaged £7.20/ £13.50
Child with Gift Aid: (aged 5-15) £3.00
Under 5s: Free
Family with Gift Aid: £16.00 collections & grounds


  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums

Additional info

Assistance dogs welcome

The collection of Archaic Chinese bronzes at Compton Verney is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The 79 Archaic Chinese bronzes from the Shang, Zhou and Han Dynasties (1500-206 BC), with additional, later, bronze-shaped objects made from ceramic and cloisonné, make up an important collection. These objects, associated with ancestor worship, are the chief testimony to the earliest artistic and technological achievements of the Chinese. The earliest pottery vessel in the collection dates back to the Neolithic period (4500-2000 BC).

Compton Verney is also home to a growing collection of nationally and internationally significant art from around the world. The collections include paintings from Naples (1600-1800), Northern European, British Portraits, Chinese, British Folk Art and the Marx Lambert Collection.

Collection details

Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Gaspare Vanvitelli
  • Vesuvius
  • Sir William Hamilton
  • Volaire
  • Giuseppe Bonito
  • Paolo Popora
  • Tilman Riemenschneider
  • Lucas Cranach
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • Henry VIII
  • Enid Marx
  • Margaret Lambert
  • Shang period
  • Zhou
  • Tang dynasty
  • Ming dynasty
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
watercolour painting of Queen Victoria's Royal visit to Napoleon

Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection

  • 15 October — 11 December 2016 *on now

This exhibition presents forty-four watercolours of Queen Victoria’s 1855 visit to Paris, some of which were given to her as gifts, others which she later commissioned herself. These previously unseen watercolours form an important snapshot of official art and taste in the Second Empire.

Made by French artists in a medium often closely associated with British art, they tell the story of the patronage of watercolour in France, a medium unfamiliar to a general audience at the time.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included in exhibition, collection and grounds admission.


black and white watercolour drawing of man jumping over bull with a pole

Picasso on Paper

  • 15 October — 11 December 2016 *on now

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was one of the most inventive and prolific printmakers of the 20th century. Each technique – including etching, lithography, aquatint and linocut – inspired new directions in his work and was used to develop the recurring themes of bull-fighting, the circus, portraiture and Old Masters. Featuring over 70 works from the collection of the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, this exhibition traces Picasso’s evolving artistic vision through four decades of experimentation in printmaking techniques and subject matter.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included in exhibition, collection and grounds admission.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Rice in hands by Aowen Jin

The Ritual

  • 29 October 2016 4-8:30pm

In The Ritual, Aowen will bring the magic of Chinese spiritual traditions alive within the gallery, and shape it into her own sacred sphere using rice. In this expanse she will create a massive phosphorescent rice field - a shining and glowing art installation which only becomes visible under ultra violet light. Viewers are invited to walk on the rice fields, with or without shoes, and feel the rice field shining beneath them as they explore.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17


Included in Collections and Park tickets.


Compton Verney
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