An architectural masterpiece sitting peacefully in garden grounds, Dulwich Picture Gallery houses a rich collection of Old Master paintings and a lively exhibition programme.
Designed by architect Sir John Soane, Dulwich Picture Gallery was the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, opening its doors in 1814.
Soane’s skylight design provides natural lighting over a series of interlinking rooms. Moving through this unique and beautiful gallery, visitors can discover a collection of more than 600 works rich in European masterpieces, including works by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Canaletto and Poussin.
What to see at Dulwich Picture Gallery
As one of London’s most manageable collections of Old Master paintings, it's possible to view and appreciate all of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s works in a day.
The gallery’s holdings of works by Rembrandt and Poussin are particularly noteworthy. Be sure to seek out the striking Girl at a Window (1645) by Rembrandt, and Poussin’s The Nurture of Jupiter (c1646-7), described as one of Poussin's most exquisite paintings.
The gallery must be the only one in the world with a mausoleum at its heart containing the tombs of its founders.
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Architect Giles Gilbert Scott took inspiration from Dulwich Picture Gallery’s domed roof when designing the top of the classic red telephone box.
In April 2019, the gallery successfully raised £20,000 through our crowdfunding platform, Art Happens, to build the Colour Palace, a unique space for all of London to relax, create and be inspired this summer 2019.
Free and open to all throughout the summer months, it will create a much-needed flexible space for community activities and a vibrant events programme, including talks, workshops and Lates. Find out more here.