The Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery
Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA
  • Telephone 020 7766 7301
  • Opening times Daily: 10am–5.30pm.
  • Seasonal times Closed Oct 7–31 and Dec 25–26.
  • Admission Adult £10.30; Concessions £9.40; Under 17 / Disabled £5.30; Under 5 Free; Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £25.90
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  • Website www.royalcollection.org.uk
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The Queen's Gallery

credit: Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

Buckingham Palace's art gallery exhibits art from the Royal Collection. How big is the Royal Collection? When your family starts collecting art in the Tudor period, you've got time to build up a sizeable haul. The gallery was built on the site of a former chapel that was bombed during World War II, and opened in 1962; if the Doric portico looks like it belongs to a different building, that's because it was added during the 1999-2002 refurbishments. Approximately 450 works are on display at any given time. Check the website for current exhibitions.

National Rail station London Victoria and London Underground stations Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner are all within easy walking distance. Buses 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.

Events at this venue

There are 22 events at this location

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Bach To Baby

Baby-friendly concerts for you and your little one to enjoy together. Children are allowed to listen to music the way they want, while you can enjoy performances by top-class musicians.

Mon 29 May

£15.00 for one adult and up to two under 5s. Please note: this event is restricted to 2 Under 5 tickets per transaction. To redeem the 2 Under 5… / 020 7766 7301

Mon 26 Jun

£15.00 for one adult and up to two under 5s. Please note: this event is restricted to 2 Under 5 tickets per transaction. To redeem the 2 Under 5… / 020 7766 7301

Book club: The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story

Join us for another Royal Collection Trust Book club as author Lynda Waterhouse guides you through the story of a mysterious painting of masked revellers at the Venice carnival, which lies at the centre of this chilling tale by Susan Hill. In the style of M.R. James and Daphne du Maurier, the story takes you from the…

Tue 31 Oct

£15 (£13.50) / 020 7766 7301

Canaletto and his Venetian contemporaries

Join Lucy Whitaker, Senior Curator of Paintings, as she explores Canaletto’s development in the context of Venetian art. This lecture will ask questions about Canaletto’s output which was for mostly foreign buyers, particularly the British, whereas most of his contemporaries were producing very different art for Venetian…

Wed 11 Oct

Free with exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass / 020 7766 7301

Canaletto and the Art of Venice

Views of Venice by one of the most famous artists to immortalise it in paint, along with works by many of his peers.

Sat 27 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7766 7301

Sun 28 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7766 7301

Mon 29 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7766 7301

…and 143 more dates until 12 Nov

Canaletto and urban drawing

How does Canaletto lead us through space and visualise time? How does this suggest ways of exploring contemporary urban space? This two-day course with artist Alexandra Blum will investigate the vistas, spatial intricacies and journeys unfolding within Canaletto’s paintings. Then, using these discoveries as a starting…

Sat 16 Sep

£145 (£130.50) / 020 7766 7301

Sun 17 Sep

£145 (£130.50) / 020 7766 7301

Canaletto in Venice

Join experts from Royal Collection Trust, The Wallace Collection and the Hamilton Kerr Institute for this collaborative study day focusing on the Venetian artist Canaletto. Starting at The Wallace Collection, uncover the story behind Canaletto’s rise to fame in Britain, learn about the artist’s techniques and join a…

Fri 3 Nov

£35 (£31.50) / 020 7766 7301

Canaletto's drawings

Enjoy this lunchtime lecture by Rosie Razzall, exhibitions co-curator and Curator of Prints & Drawings, as she discusses how and why Canaletto made his drawings, with an introduction to some of the sheets on display in the exhibition. The Venetian view-painter Canaletto made many hundreds of drawings of the city of…

Wed 21 Jun

Free with exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass / 020 7766 7301

Canaletto's vision of Venice

During the age of the Grand Tour new buildings were going up, and old buildings were falling down in Venice. Join Deborah Howard, Professor Emerita of Architectural History at the University of Cambridge, as she examines the architecture of Venice as seen in Canaletto’s paintings, and discuss the ways in which the artist…

Wed 25 Oct

Free with exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass / 020 7766 7301

Charles II: Art & Power

Charles II liked a good time, and that included having himself painted. This exhibition shows the extent of his patronage of the arts and the resurgence of state-sponsored art that happened under the Restoration.

Fri 8 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7766 7301

Sat 9 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7766 7301

Sun 10 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7766 7301

…and 152 more dates until 13 May 2018

Family Activities: Little Stories for Under-5s

Join us for a tour around the Gallery for under-5s and their carers.Visit our amazing exhibition and be inspired to use the displays to learn about shapes and colours.

Mon 29 May

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

Mon 26 Jun

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

Family Activities: Quiet Morning

Join us at The Queen’s Gallery for a quiet morning – designed for children with special educational needs. Children and young people of all ages and their families are welcome to this inclusive morning, when the Gallery is quieter and families have full access to the exhibitions and displays.

Sat 27 May

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

  • 09:00 – 10:30

Family Activity Day- Canaletto & the Art of Venice

Join us for a special family day out. Explore the exhibition, get inspired by the works of art and take part in our workshops to create your own artwork.

Mon 29 May

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

Mon 23 Oct

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

How to Look at Art with Children

Empowering children with the skills to look at art enables them to stimulate their imagination and interpret the pictures in their own way, often seeing things that adults sometimes don't notice. Join author Maria-Christina Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm to explore ways to engage children with art. Hear the author talk about…

Tue 4 Jul

Free with exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass. Booking essential. / 020 7766 7301

In conversation: Andrew Graham-Dixon and Russell Norman

Join BBC presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon and Russell Norman, restaurateur and founder of Polpo, as they discuss Venetian culture and its influence in Britain. From Canaletto’s rise to fame to our nation’s passion for Venetian food and drink, what is it about Venice that has captured our hearts and our stomachs? Russell…

Thu 9 Nov

£15 (£13.50) / 020 7766 7301

In the steps of Canaletto

In this two-day course led by Radu Leon, you will explore Canaletto's creative process using similar methods to the artist himself. You will draw your own version of a city and learn to animate your cityscape with atmospheric effects in pen, ink and washes, in the traditional manner of 18th-century Venetian Masters. All…

Sat 21 Oct

£150 (£120) / 020 7766 7301

Sun 22 Oct

£150 (£120) / 020 7766 7301

Little Stories for under-5s

Join us for a tour around the Gallery for under-5s and their carers.Visit our amazing exhibition and be inspired to use the displays to learn about shapes and colours.

Mon 29 May

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

Mon 26 Jun

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

Mon 17 Jul

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

…and 2 more dates until 23 Oct

May half-term: Family day- Canaletto & the Art of Venice

Join us for a special family day out. Explore the exhibition, get inspired by the works of art and take part in our workshops to create your own artwork.

Mon 29 May

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

October half-term: Family day- Canaletto & the Art of Venice

Join us at The Queen’s Gallery for half-term art & craft activities and let the art of Venice stir your imagination.

Mon 23 Oct

Free with admission / 020 7766 7301

Poet Jamie McKendrick: Capriccio of the Lagoon

Spend an evening with award-winning poet Jamie McKendrick as he performs his works and premieres a new piece commissioned especially for this event a poetic capriccio inspired by the art and architecture of Venice. Paying close attention to Italian daily life mixed with intriguing stories from history, his entertaining…

Thu 29 Jun

£15 (£13.50) / 020 7766 7301

Royal College of Music short recitals

Join musicians from the Royal College of Music for 15-minute recitals exploring a range of music inspired by Canaletto & the Art of Venice as part of our free lunchtime programme. Enjoy a selection of music by composers: Castello - Sonata Prima Libro Secondo for Violin & Continuo Vivaldi - Trio Sonata in G…

Wed 31 May

Free with exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass / 020 7766 7301

Streetwise Opera Fiesta

Join Streetwise Opera for a musical performance inspired by the works of Canaletto and his contemporaries in the exhibition. Streetwise Opera is an award-winning charity that uses music to help people who have experienced homelessness as well as other members of the community to make positive changes in their lives.

Tue 27 Jun

Free with exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass / 020 7766 7301

Vivaldi and beyond

Students from the Historical Performance Faculty at the Royal College of Music present great masterpieces from Venice in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Virtuosic instrumental and vocal music by Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Handel will be combined in this musical programme with more unusual works by the Venetian…

Thu 12 Oct

£20 (£18) / 020 7766 7301

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