The Queen's Gallery

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The Queen's Gallery
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11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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The Queen's Gallery hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.
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Neighborhood: Victoria
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  • Hyde Park Corner • 10 min walk
  • Green Park • 10 min walk
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,364 contributions
Couples
As part of the 3 ticket for £55 we were allocated the Japan collection first. It was interesting. It would be nice for the warrior outfits to be in cases you could see the back as well maybe.
Personally if you want to see Buckingham palace staterooms book first slots in morning. Our time was 12.45pm on a July Thursday and it took ages to get in and far too many people in each time slot. The queens collection and mews were a very different experience.
Written July 28, 2022
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sheepygold
london5,068 contributions
Couples
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 tells the story of the opening up of Japan and the relationship of the rulers with our royal family. Allow at least 2 hours and make use of the free audio guide.
Written April 9, 2022
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maryannk877
Los Angeles, CA81 contributions
My friend and I decided to stay in London for a few days after our cruise. I especially wanted to visit the Queens Gallery even though I did not know what was being shown. The exhibit "George IV: Art & Spectacle" wonderful and a great prelude to a trip we were going to take to Brighton the next day. The audio guide was very informative and the exhibits delightful, from Rembrandt & Sir Thomas Lawrence paintings to crown regalia and royal china. This exhibit is only there for a few more months so I recommend going if in the area.
Written February 6, 2020
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Traveldoc
Newton, MA75 contributions
This review is prompted by the exhibit on the collection of George IV: Power and Splendour, but it is really about the Gallery itself, which does not receive the attention it deserves.

The original structure was a conservatory, one of three designed by John Nash in the style of an Ionic temple. Completed in 1831, it became a private chapel for Queen Victoria in 1843. It was destroyed in an air raid in during WW II, and then redeveloped as a gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962. It houses many masterpieces from this collection. The Queen's Gallery was opened in 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration.

I have seen several exhibitions and irrespective of the focus, the colors, lighting and staging are brilliant. It is an intimate place in which one can spend a little time or a lot.

The staff are exceptionally knowledgeable and truly devoted to the gallery.

Many tourists seem to spend as much time in the shop as in the gallery. The shop does have some unique memorabilia.
Written March 30, 2020
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Pinkertonx
Hereford, UK1,595 contributions
Do get the audio guide, it adds so much more to a smaller exhibition showing George IVs fabulous artwork and gold collections. We loved the great works of art but the gold plate was stunning – goldsmiths working at the top of their game for royal patronage. WE also had a short talk which was witty and interesting, giving some background to Georg’s personality, whims and misdemeanors. We spent several hours in the galleries, spellbound by the pomp and circumstance of it all!
Written January 21, 2020
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sheepygold
london5,068 contributions
Couples
One of the best things about this gallery is that you buy a ticket for one exhibition and you can convert it into an annual ticket free of charge so this is our 3rd exhibition on our original ticket. I have to say it is superb telling the story of the monarch beyond his spendthrift and womaniser reputation. He was an avid and highly intelligent collector who formed much of what is today the Royal Collection plus he rebuilt Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. What is particularly fascinating is that practically everything on display was bought by him personally. There is a huge amount on display with explanation plus a free audio guide. We spent 2.5 hours here. There are short talks but I didn't feel the talk added much as there is already a lot of information. Some objects are paired for display as they would have been 200 years ago and a number are included in contemporary watercolours used to record the contents of Carlton House where they would have originally been located. All in all a fabulous exhibition.
Written January 3, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Couples
The Royal Collection has an amazing collection of art from over the centuries, despite the Civil War in the 17th century when Charles I lost his head and much of the collection was then sold off.

The Queen's Galleries in London and Edinburgh create excellent themed exhibitions around different aspects of the collection, the last being on Leonardo di Vinci's amazing intricate drawings which has now moved from London to Edinburgh.

The 19th century kings before Queen Victoria were a funny lot, living in their own world

King George IV has a mixed reputation. With a variety of mistresses, several illegitimate children and huge debts, he was also a collector and patron of the arts and of architecture, enhancing the Royal art collection by buying works by a variety of artists including Rubens, Rembrandt and the Scottish artist David Wilkie, along with major remodelling of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and creation of the unique Pavilion in Brighton.

The exhibition at the Queen's Gallery tells the story of George IV - his life, his interests, his art collection and his architectural achievements. There is more however - he was instrumental in the foundation of one of our great universities, King's College London.

Written January 19, 2020
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Questers
Weston super Mare, UK46 contributions
Among our most derided and self-indulgent of monarchs, George IV was also arguably the greatest and most avid contributor to what has become known as The Royal Collection; evidence this sumptuous display of the finest artworks almost too rich to fully digest in a single visit.

George's collecting zeal had the immense good fortune to coincide with the tyranny of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, both leading to an art market feeding frenzy; he was also eager to seize any opportunity to re-acquire works previously sold off by Oliver Cromwell.

Arms, armour, furniture, paintings and porcelain are of the highest quality, whilst there are also vivid accounts of the long-lost Carlton House, not to mention the wonderfully OTT Brighton Pavilion.

As ever, the whole is beautifully displayed in a gallery that always seems relaxed and rarely crowded. Magnificent!
Written February 26, 2020
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Tom B
London, UK32 contributions
Friends
Superbly displayed exhibition of 62 masterpieces from the picture gallery of Buckingham Palace (currently shut for restoration).These are the biggest names in the Old Master field: Rembrandt,Vermeer,Titian,Rubens.
Shown in 3 rooms.£15 a ticket,which is valid for a year Friendly and knowledgeable staff.There us a free talk at noon and 3pm
Written August 4, 2021
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Bruce W
London, UK59 contributions
George IV as a collector.
A very well assembled collection of outstanding items. Paintings, silver, statues, furniture etc but perhaps George IV does not have the attraction of other monarchs. The gallery was as empty as I can remember but that allowed time and space to examine the exhibits.
It was a surprise and pleasure to come across the Rembrandt portrait of Agatha Bas [1641]. R was at the peak of his popularity and this is one of his finest portraits. This picture is seldom on display outside the Palace and to see it again after 20 years was a real treat.
One should note that if one has one’s entrance ticket endorsed on exit it allows admission to other exhibits at the Gallery free during the next 12 months.
Written January 17, 2020
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  • Thu - Mon 11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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