Dulwich Picture Gallery was designed by Sir John Soane in 1811, it was the first purpose built public gallery in England. If you go there you will see why, especially from the exterior. It houses one of the oldest collections bequeathed by Sir Frances Bourgeois RA, in the United Kingdom and mostly consists of Old Masters brought together between 1790 and 1795.
This gallery is close to my heart and has been visited so many times by my family over the years. It doesn’t just hold a beautiful collection of well-known Old Master Paintings but it is also a rather interesting building with a lot of history itself.
The gallery can be found in Dulwich Village just south of North Dulwich Rail Station and it is a lovely area to walk in, very exclusive with lots of cafés, a pub, and a rather nice park very close by. The grounds are not vast but they are rather lovely to sit in and relax and there are often events and parties, functions, and displays held in them. In the past they have also seen some very large Henry Moore sculptures and currently there is work by artist Peter Randall Page called “Walking The Dog”, these are to be permanent and quite amusing!
The gallery also has a shop and education centre which is a marvelous resource and it has done some very good workshops for adults and children alike. Lectures, films, and music are all featured here. The café is considered to be one of the top ten places to eat in London for afternoon tea, if you like that sort of thing! This is open from 9am to 5pm
Well worth a visit especially if you have also been in Dulwich Park over the road or the not too far away, Horniman Museum.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Road, Dulwich
The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sunday and Mondays only on bank holidays from 10am to 5pm. Admission is not free, adults pay £5.00, seniors £4.00 under 18, free and if you have Art Fund cards then you get in free with those. Special exhibitions are additional prices.