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The Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace

The Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace

The £20-million expansion of The Queen’s Gallery was the most significant addition to Buckingham Palace in 150 years. The Queen’s Gallery was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in May 2002, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. It hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. Current exhibitions available to see are:

  • Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs (9 November 2018 - 28 April 2019)
  • Shadows of War (9 November 2018 - 28 April 2019)
  • Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (24 May 2019 - 13 October 2019)

The first exhibition to focus on images of artists from within the Royal Collection, Portrait of the Artist not only showcases self-portraits by world-renowned artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucian Freud and David Hockney but also features images of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo da Vinci by his student, Francesco Melzi. Well-known self-portraits intended to advertise the artist's talents are shown alongside more intimate and personal works.

The exhibition examines a range of themes played out within these objects, from the 'cult' of the artist to the symbolism evoked through images of the artist’s studio. The changing status of the artist over the centuries is another theme and the way in which this is conveyed, both in the physical works and in the relationships between artist and patron is highlighted. The role of monarchs in commissioning, collecting and displaying portraits of artists is discussed.

Portrait of the Artist contains over 300 objects, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts ranging in date from the 15th to the 21st century.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (24 May - 13 October 2019)

Visit the largest Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in over 65 years as The Queen's Gallery brings together over 200 of his drawings to mark the 500th anniversary of his death.

Important: During admission to the attraction, all visitors will pass through airport-style security checks. Visitors should arrive with one small bag where possible to ensure an efficient entry process.

Please note that 100% cancellation fees apply for this ticket. No refunds are available after booking is made.

On arrival, you and your belongings will be subject to airport-style security checks. Some items, such as large bags or backpacks, will have to be checked in and reclaimed at the end of the visit.

Smoking, including e-cigarettes is not permitted.

The Queen's Gallery is fully accessible and welcome visitors with different access requirements. For visitors with disabilities and an accompanying companion is admitted free of charge.

Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge on a first come, first served basis for the duration of a visit.
Mobility scooters can be used in the Gallery, providing they are compatible with the lift which measures 145cm in depth by 82cm in width and has a weight limit of 100kg

Ticket Information

Opening Dates: Open year round excluding 25-26 December each year and 13 November – 7 December 2017. The opening arrangements for Official Residences may change at short notice, please ensure you check the Royal Collection Trust website for the latest closed dates before your visit.

Opening Times: Open daily, 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:15). During Buckingham Palace Summer Opening (21 July - 30 September 2018), open daily 9:30-17:30 (last admission 16:15). Early Closure on 24 December closing at 16:00 (last admission 14:45). If you are visiting the exhibition late in the afternoon, please be aware of shorter viewing times.

Duration: A typical visit lasts 1-1.5 hours approx.

Address: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA.

Transport: Nearest Train Station is London Victoria. Nearest Underground: Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. Bus Numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.

Additional Information: A valid form of ID is required upon arrival when purchasing a Senior ticket for over 60 years or Student ticket (International Student or NUS identity card). Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge on a first come, first served basis for the duration of a visit. Mobility scooters can be used in the Gallery, providing they are compatible with the lift which measures 145cm in depth by 82cm in width and has a weight limit of 100kg. Children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 17. For safety reasons, you may be required to deposit all baggage and other items into the security cloakrooms during your visit. The use of photographic, film and video equipment is not permitted inside the Gallery.

Important: During admission to the attraction, all visitors will pass through airport-style security checks. Visitors should arrive with one small bag where possible to ensure an efficient entry process.