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.
old photograph of traditional kern baby

Kern Baby by Faye Claridge

  • 14 March — 13 December 2015 *on now

This enigmatic new commission for the Grounds at Compton Verney by artist Faye Claridge takes on the form of an exaggerated sculptural emblem of folklore.

Resonating with Compton Verney’s extensive collection of British Folk Art, the new sculpture is based on the photographic work of Sir Benjamin Stone who travelled the country recording unusual festivals and customs.

A Kern Baby also known as a harvest queen which was a doll decorated with corn (grain) flowers and carried in festivals of the kern at harvest time. This Kern Baby will be situated in our historic grounds for 2015 and will also become a prop for an extraordinary new photographic work by Claridge involving the local community.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Included in collections and grounds admission.


Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements

  • 3 October — 13 December 2015 *on now

The exhibition Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements highlights how the chemical elements (gold, silver, iron, carbon etc) remain central to our lives and to artistic creation through a series of contemporary and historic artworks and installations.

Each work on show has a dialogue with the core element that it employs or represents, whether the artist has used it as a medium for their artistic expression or been motivated by the elements cultural meaning.

The exhibition features, amongst others, work by artists Tim Etchells, Antony Gormley, Roger Hiorns, Marc Quinn and Lucy Skaer.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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.

Elemental Property Workshop

  • 24 — 25 October 2015 From 11am

Explore the properties of different chemical elements such as cobalt, carbon, copper, neon and sulphur.

Take part in activities and find out about their colour, shape and reactions to each other.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Every drawing tells a story

  • 27 October — 1 November 2015

Join in with the world’s biggest drawing festival and explore every drawing tells a story using charcoal (carbon). Create different textures, tones and marks to express your emotions.

Listen to music and see what stories you can draw on paper.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
A luminous glowing green chandelier

Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements at Night

  • 30 October 2015 5:30-8:30pm

A fun filled evening with talk and mercury experiment by Andrea Sella, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University College London; interactive demonstrations by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and an exhibition tour.
Enjoy the music from our resident DJ and dine in the cafe. Hot food and beverages will be available to purchase.

Timetable of activities:
6- 7pm Mercury - Window on the Invisible by Professor Andrea Sella
7 - 8pm Drop-in Chemistry demonstrations by the Royal Society Chemistry
7:15– 8pm Curator’s tour with Penelope Sexton
7 - 8:30pm Periodic table themed DJ set by Rob Glover

Places are limited for the talks & tours, to save disappointment please book in advance.

The events and activities for Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements has been sponsored by Paul Cooney in memory of Barry and Judy Henman.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13


Adults £10, £8 concessions including 16-24 yrs old, £6 Members & Season pass holders, under 16s free.


Compton Verney
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