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


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