Dulwich Picture Gallery

Art , Galleries Dulwich Village
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Lending weight to the idea that the best things come in small packages, this bijou gallery – the first to be purpose-built in the UK – was designed by Sir John Soane in 1811. It's a beautiful space that shows off Soane's ingenuity with and interest in lighting effects. Dulwich displays a small but outstanding collection of work by Old Masters, offering a fine introduction to the baroque era through works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Gainsborough. It also has a fine programme of temporary exhibitions and live events and an appealing café.

Venue name: Dulwich Picture Gallery
Address: Gallery Rd
SE21 7AD
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; bank hol Mons 11am-5pm (last adm 4.30pm).
Transport: Rail: West Dulwich
Price: £6, seniors £5, children free; additional charge for temporary exhibitions £10
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  • Painting Until Sunday May 15 2016
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  • Latin and world Saturday May 7 2016
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  • Folk, country and blues Friday May 13 2016
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  • Painting Wednesday June 8 2016 - Sunday September 18 2016
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Izzy K

One of the few reasons to make me go as far as Dulwich. The gallery was the first purpose built art gallery in the world. It's small, but has some excellent painting in its collection: by Rembrant, Rubens, or Canaletto. Despite showing very traditional art (mainly 17th & 18th century) the gallery often surprises with getting beyond its comfort zone. In 2013 they partnered with Street Art London and invited world famous street artists (including Run, Thierry Noir and Phlegm to mention a few) to create murals inspired by the works from their collection. The result is a fantastic street art track in the least expected part of London.

Head down if you want to catch the last days of the brilliant exhibition by M. C. Escher (sold out, but day tickets are available).