The Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
  • Telephone 0131 556 5100
  • Seasonal times 1 Apr–31 Oct: daily 9.30am–6pm; 1 Nov–31 Mar: daily 9.30am–4.30pm
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Housed in the former Holyrood Free Church and Douglas Gordon’s School, between the Palace of Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament building, the Queen’s Gallery was opened in 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. It is designed to show even the most delicate works of art from the Royal Collection in a programme of changing exhibitions. And it has the great advantage of being able to display the artwork in exactly the kind of historic surroundings for which it was originally intended. Depending on the exhibition, visitors can see paintings, drawings, watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, fans, and textiles that have been selected by monarchs over the past 500 years. Much of the merchandise in the gallery shop is designed exclusively for the Royal Collection.

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Chelsea Porcelain in the Royal Collection: Gallery Short Talk

Deborah Clarke, Royal Collection Trust Senior Curator, provides insight into the artistry behind this 18th-century porcelain.

Free Workshops for Local Community Groups

Free staff-led workshops are available for groups with charitable status. Sessions are designed to make participants feel welcome, making our exhibition and garden more accessible to new visitors.

Leonardo's Botany: Gallery Short Talk

Ann McCluskey, Royal Collection Trust, focuses on the scientific background to the Renaissance artist's botanical works of art.

Make a Masterpiece: Family Activity at The Queen's Gallery

Visit The Queen’s Gallery for a family friendly workshop inspired by our latest exhibition Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden. Explore the exhibition with a Family ActivityTrail then create your own masterpiece in an art workshop led by local artist Gemma Coyle. This drop-in activity is free with your exhibition…

Maria Merian's Butterflies

Maria Merian (1647-1717) was one of the most important entomologists who ever lived; her 1699 journey to Surinam to study insect life was one of the first ever scientific expeditions and her 1705 magnum opus Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium is a landmark study of insect life. This show tells her story through plates…

Fri 17 Mar

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Sat 18 Mar

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Sun 19 Mar

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…and 126 more dates until 23 Jul

Painting Paradise

Whether a sacred sanctuary, a place for scientific study, a haven for the solitary thinker or a space for pure enjoyment and delight, gardens are where man and nature meet. Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden reveals the way in which gardens have been celebrated in art across four centuries. Bringing together…

Sun 22 Jan

Adult £6.70, Concessions £6.10, Under 17 / Disabled £3.40, Under 5 Free / 0131 556 5100

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

Mon 23 Jan

Adult £6.70, Concessions £6.10, Under 17 / Disabled £3.40, Under 5 Free / 0131 556 5100

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

Tue 24 Jan

Adult £6.70, Concessions £6.10, Under 17 / Disabled £3.40, Under 5 Free / 0131 556 5100

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

…and 33 more dates until 26 Feb

Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855

The Crimean War was one of the most disastrously ill-conceived conflicts ever undertaken, combining as it did its major players' boneheaded pursuit of imperial prestige, with all the efficiencies of modern technology. It was one of the first wars to be given extensive photographic documentation, and Roger Fenton was one…

…and 112 more dates until 26 Nov

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The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

4 Dec 20094 stars

Bringing together photography from both Scott’s South Pole expedition (1910–1913) and Shackleton’s later attempt to cross Antarctica on foot (1914–16), The Heart of the Great Alone is more than a collection of images – it is a narrative journey and an…

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