Outdoor perspective of Dulwich Picture Gallery in the sun.
Greater London
London
England
United Kingdom
South London
Greater London
Greater London
London
England
United Kingdom
South London
Greater London

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

Government Guidelines
  • Explore the fascinating collection of artwork with a rich history from the 17th and 18th century on permanent display. 
  • Take a look at the interesting temporary art exhibitions with compelling themes that range from photography to modern dance.
  • The children will love getting in touch with their creative side in one of the family art workshops on offer. 
  • Dive into a world of art and creativity by attending one of the specialist lectures held in the picture gallery.

Opening to the public in 1817, the Dulwich Picture Gallery was the first purpose-built art gallery in the world. It boasts an impressive collection of paintings from the 17th and 18th century, and it also has a great connection to art in the modern world, holding amazing temporary exhibitions and compelling lectures that cover all kinds of topics. There is also a great focus on community building and public education with the family workshops and specialist lectures held at the gallery regularly. All of these features combined make it one of the most exciting and historically significant art museums in London. It makes for a brilliant cultural day out that the whole family will enjoy.

There is great respect for history in the Dulwich Gallery. Even with the construction of the building starting in 1811 under architect of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, John Sloane, the foundations of the gallery stretch far back into the 1600's. The great majority of the current permanent collection originates from the successful art dealership of King Augustus of Poland. His wish for a Royal Collection scoured Europe for the best pieces from well-known artists across the continent such as Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Murillo and more. 600 of these royal artefacts found their way to the Dulwich Picture Gallery and have been on display since the art museum first opened its doors. The artwork alone is enough to spend the whole afternoon in wonder. Added with the facts about their origins and the unique history behind the gallery, this makes for a family day out where everyone is sure to learn something new. 

Along with the prestigious Royal Collection on permanent display, the Dulwich Picture Museum holds numerous temporary exhibitions featuring more contemporary artwork. These exhibitions cover a range of compelling themes such as the history of photography, pieces created by the Old Masters as well as featuring more modern British artists such as Eric Ravilious. There is always something exciting happening here that the families will enjoy regardless of how experienced they are in the world of art. 

For the kids who love to get their hands dirty, why not enrol in one of the family workshops held at the Dulwich Picture Museum? Every Sunday, there is a free workshop with new themes each week, led by a local artist for all the family to get in touch with their creative side and learn about making art. There is also a sensory programme for younger kids called Mini Masterpiece to introduce toddlers to art in a practical and fun way. The museum also holds guided tours and exhibition trails for the family to connect with the artwork in new ways. The friendly staff has worked hard to make the gallery accessible for everyone from ages 3 to 103! 

If you’re looking for further education in the world of art and design, the Dulwich Picture Gallery has you covered. With lectures and specialised talks held regularly in the museum, there’s so much to learn. From capitalism to cinema and music to metaphysics, the subjects covered by these talks are vast and cater to people of all interests. You can check out the online resources as some of these lectures have been moved on to their website so people all over the world can make use of this exceptional educational feature. 

What to know before you go

  • The Dulwich Picture Gallery is open every Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm, with last entry at 4.30 pm. 
  • The Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe is located inside the gallery and has a wide selection of meals to cater to all visitors.
  • There is a gift shop on site where visitors can buy books, home-ware and unique souvenirs. 
  • There are toilets, including wheelchair accessible and gender-neutral toilets, and baby changing facilities available for visitors on-site.
  • The entire museum is wheelchair friendly with all of the exhibitions having step-free access.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome to the gallery.

How to get there

  • The closest rail stations are West Dulwich and North Dulwich, both just a 10-minute walk from the gallery.
  • Brixton Tube Station is the closest station, just a bus ride away from the gallery.
  • The bus routes P4 and 3 both have stops nearby the gallery.
  • In terms of parking, there is free parking for visitors available on Gallery Road with accessible parking for visitors with access needs only through the Gallery gates.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines
Disclaimer

Disclaimer

At Kidadl we pride ourselves on offering families original ideas to make the most of time spent together at home or out and about, wherever you are in the world. We strive to recommend the very best things that are suggested by our community and are things we would do ourselves - our aim is to be the trusted friend to parents.

We try our very best, but cannot guarantee perfection. We will always aim to give you accurate information at the date of publication - however, information does change, so it’s important you do your own research, double-check and make the decision that is right for your family.

Kidadl provides inspiration to entertain and educate your children. We recognise that not all activities and ideas are appropriate and suitable for all children and families or in all circumstances. Our recommended activities are based on age but these are a guide. We recommend that these ideas are used as inspiration, that ideas are undertaken with appropriate adult supervision, and that each adult uses their own discretion and knowledge of their children to consider the safety and suitability.

Kidadl cannot accept liability for the execution of these ideas, and parental supervision is advised at all times, as safety is paramount. Anyone using the information provided by Kidadl does so at their own risk and we can not accept liability if things go wrong.

Sponsorship & Advertising Policy

Kidadl is independent and to make our service free to you the reader we are supported by advertising.

We hope you love our recommendations for products and services! What we suggest is selected independently by the Kidadl team. If you purchase using the buy now button we may earn a small commission. This does not influence our choices. Please note: prices are correct and items are available at the time the article was published.

Kidadl has a number of affiliate partners that we work with including Amazon. Please note that Kidadl is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.

We also link to other websites, but are not responsible for their content.

Read our Sponsorship & Advertising Policy
Events available
Lowest Price Guarantee
?
From 
Free
£
9.00

More amazing things to do