Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Dulwich Picture Gallery
4.5
Art Galleries • Parks • Other Outdoor Activities • Gardens • Art Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery: it was founded in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of old masters “for the inspection of the public”. Located in 3 acres of private gardens, today the Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub hosting some of the UK’s leading exhibitions alongside its Permanent Collection of Baroque masterpieces while staging a wide-ranging programme of public events, practical art and community engagement.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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futtock21
London, UK10,969 contributions
Botanic photography exhibition and contemporary abstracts riffing around old masters
Jun. 2021 • Solo
It’s good to be back to Dulwich Picture Gallery which I think nat have suffered more than most from lockdowns as it re-opened later than most museums and art galleries. It still has on a highly original exhibition of pioneering photography of flower and plants from Victorian times to modernist twentieth century and contemporary works cultivating in a veritable fiery kiln. Either side of the entrance on facing walls contemporary artist Sinta Tantra has designed a mural called The Grand Tour. Together with the photographs these act as a sort of riff around the extraordinary collection of old masters such as Rembrandts, Van Dycks, Murillos and Gainsboroughs that make up the main collection.
Written 8 July 2021
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monksal3
St. Albans, UK7 contributions
Disappointing overall experience
May 2021
Went on the day the Gallery reopened after Lockdown. Gallery visit was excellent as usual. However the day was significantly spoilt by the experience of the cafe and toilets. I wiped our inside table with an antibacterial wipe which ended up filthy. The table cannot have been cleaned recently, nor the floor. And the toilets were smelly and lacking necessary facilities. Surely the site should not open without all components being presented to a high standard and COVID compliant. Disappointing.
Written 20 May 2021
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David CM
24 contributions
Great
Sep. 2019
The paintings are beautiful and the gallery is a lovely place and there's lots of other things to see around that area, like the park or The Edward Alleyn theatre when it is on.
Written 18 August 2020
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Shaun H
Kampala, Uganda98 contributions
Gallery Closed, Garden & Cafe OPEN
Aug. 2020 • Solo
Dulwich village itself is a stunning walkabout. A stop of at the Garden is a peaceful affair, lots of seating and great place to revive the feet if on a walking trip round the "village"

The food at cafe is a bit expensive but very good quality, save money a get drinks from any nearby shop
Written 12 August 2020
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Plantguy35
1 contribution
Nice day.
Jul. 2020 • Couples
We visited the gallery as we heard that it was open but when we got there it was still closed. We was surprised that the park around the gallery was so quiet in comparison to the others, so we bought some drinks from the bar attached to the gallery and still had a nice afternoon. It was a different day to what we planned but still great. Will be back once the museum reopens.
Written 19 July 2020
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futtock21
London, UK10,969 contributions
English Surrealism
Mar. 2020 • Solo
Dulwich Picture Gallery is a tale of two halves: the permanent collection of European masterpieces particularly from the 17th and 18th centuries - think the likes of Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Watteau; then a cluster of small rooms to the rear housing a temporary exhibition space. The most recent exhibition entitled English Surrealism is almost a contradiction in terms as surrealism was a mainly continental movement and its adherents in this country only appear to have contributed to it fitfully; and, after World War II only by two women Eileen Agar and Leonore Carrington unless one also includes Desmond Morris still more known as a zoologist than an artist. The architecture of the gallery, the first purpose built art gallery anywhere in the world to a design by Sir John Soane is of considerable interest in itself. There is a bookshop and cafe.
Written 20 March 2020
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Susan K
Dublin, Ireland24 contributions
A Hidden Gem
Feb. 2020 • Friends
What a treasure trove of wonderful paintings beautifully displayed in this amazing gallery. Entrance fee very reasonable and the audio guide was clear, concise and most informative. The building itself is wonderfully situated in the quaint village of Dulwich and the coffee shop provided welcome refreshments to finish off our visit. A lovely day out.
Written 21 February 2020
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kikasLondon
london12 contributions
Do Visit Dulwich Gallery, South London
Oct. 2019
Dulwich Gallery is a little known gem in South London, not only has a wonderful collection of pictures but offers a lovely place to meet friends for a meal or a light snack. It is housed in a wonderful building and all the staff is very welcoming, it is easily accessible by public transport and not at all staid but relaxing and cheerful.
Written 12 February 2020
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Julie C
London, England, United Kingdom41 contributions
Wonderful Gallery in Fabulous Building
Jan. 2020
Finally visited after it being on my 'to see' list for some time. It's a small but important gallery with a great mix of artworks by well-known artists (Rubens, Hogarth, Gainsborough, van Dyck) but also some by artists not on my radar. Managed to catch the Rembrandt's Light exhibition (closes 2nd Feb), which was amazing and the accompanying audio guide was well worth listening to and really helped me understand the exhibition and lighting techniques - plus it's not every day you go to an art exhibition that's created in partnership with a cinematographer who worked on Star Wars! The building's design and history is also fascinating and, although competing with larger (and free museums), it's well worth the entrance fee. Couple of minor drawbacks - the cafe though good and reasonably priced is small and busy, so it's hard to get a table, and the free 3pm tour, which was interesting and entertaining, just seemed to be a bit slapdash and was far too long, with the guide directing most of her attention to a couple who kept asking questions (to the exclusion of the rest of us). All in all though - definitely worth a visit.
Written 27 January 2020
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Joanne W
London, UK71 contributions
If you haven't been, try and go!
Jan. 2020
So pleased we made it across to Dulwich Picture Gallery to see Rembrandt's Light exhibition before it closed. It is only very small, but very well laid out and well signed. Also available are the audio guides, although we skipped that as prefer to look and read. Timed tickets and we had 10:30am so not too busy. The lovely little cafe in the grounds provided a much needed coffee and cake afterwards, it was getting very busy with families by the time we left.
Written 26 January 2020
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