Dulwich Picture Gallery

Art, Galleries Dulwich Village
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
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Dulwich Picture Gallery

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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For when you need your culture fix on a local basis (if you live in South East London). It’s not got the breathtaking architecture of the National Gallery or Tate, in fact it looks a bit like a leisure centre from the outside, but it does have a nice garden and cafe to while away some time. The exhibitions are small for the overpriced £14 in my opinion but then you can team it with an overpriced coffee in Dulwich village and call it what it is: a posh day out.


We’ve all heard of the National Gallery, but have you heard about its little brethren, Dulwich Picture Gallery?

Based in cute and picturesque Dulwich, South London, Dulwich Picture Gallery is reportedly England’s oldest purpose art gallery for the public and displays paintings from some of Europe’s grand master painters from Rembrandt and Rubens amongst many others. As such, the paintings are from the 17th to 18th century and the galleries floor space is divided according to countries.

It’s not the biggest of galleries as one would expect. But there is a wide array of painting to admire including British masterpieces as well as Flemish, Italian and Spanish.The gallery also hosts temporary word-class gallery all-year round. You can even visit the mausoleum where the bodies of the founders of the gallery rest.

Many of you will have heard of Sir John Soane by now. In fact, you may even have visited his home in Lincoln’s Inn Field which is open to the public. Not only did he design the Bank of England but Sir John Soane also designed Dulwich Picture Gallery. What a man! The gallery may have undergone alterations since Soane’s original design but it remains one of the great examples of the architect's work.

I cannot lie, it is a quite out of the way from central London. But if you love the National Gallery and a fan of baroque art, then I think you’ll find this worth visiting too. It’s a real gem of a gallery. There is a cute little cafe and restaurant on site as well, and Dulwich itself is a cute little place to explore with its boutique stores just like in Blackheath. So make a day out of it here in Dulwich when you’re here. You can get here by taking bus P4 just outside Brixton Underground station.

Such an awesome little art gallery with beautiful architecture and artwork. A real little gem

Become a Friend and you can pop in for a few minutes whenever you feel like. Fabulous Old Masters as well as interesting small exhibitions on less well known artists. we are lucky to have such a perfect 'local' museum.


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). 

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