The Queen's Gallery is a public art gallery at Buckingham Palace, home of the British monarch, in London. It exhibits works of art from the Royal Collection (those works owned by the King or Queen "in trust for the nation" rather than privately) on a rotating basis; about 450 works are on display at any one time.Plan to visit The Queen's Gallery and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended London attractions using our London tour itinerary planning tool.
The gallery is at the west front of the Palace, on the site of a chapel bombed during the Second World War, and first opened in 1962. Over the following 37 years it received 5 million visitors, until it was closed in 1999–2002 for extension work carried out by John Simpson. On 21 May 2002, the gallery was reopened by Elizabeth II to coincide with her Golden Jubilee. The extension added the current Doric entrance portico and several new rooms, more than tripling the size of the building. It is open to the public for much of the year.
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A fine exhibition of the Japanese Court housed in a thoughtful display. The exhibition is not large by any means, however is well worth a visit. Some nice pieces on display.
A fine exhibition of the Japanese Court housed in a thoughtful display. The exhibition is not large by any means, however is well worth a visit. Some nice pieces on display. more »
We came to see the Japanese exhibition which was amazing. There is so much to see and many items have never been exhibited publicly before. Aside from masterpiece after masterpiece the exhibition...
We came to see the Japanese exhibition which was amazing. There is so much to see and many items have never been exhibited publicly before. Aside from masterpiece after masterpiece the exhibition... more »
A fascinating exhibition with truly remarkable pieces. Take your time examining the exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail, I was genuinely awestruck. I'm not sure how much restoration has been done, but all of the items looked like they were in original condition, not bad considering some are around 400 years old!
The Queens Gallery is right-sized for exhibitions. Large enough to give a good array, but not so large as to tire one. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the artworks top quality or have a good story. Masterpieces was an array fine paintings (most, but not all, being masterpieces), Flemish and Italian, with a accompanying commentary on a select number.
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