Gainsborough's House is now closed for major redevelopment and will re-open summer 2021.
From January 2020 (date to be confirmed), during the 18-month redevelopment, Gainsborough’s House will open an Information Point at 47 Gainsborough Street, located next door to Gainsborough’s House Museum. It will include:
• Information and regular news updates on the museum’s redevelopment
• Opportunities to book on to hardhat tours of the building site
• A chance to book on one of our heritage tours of Gainsborough’s sites in and around Sudbury
• Cards and books for sale
• Staff and volunteers on hand to answer any queries
Dating to around 1520, the house that now occupies 46 Gainsborough Street was the birthplace of one of Britain's greatest artists.
After four centuries as a private residence and 40 years in limbo, the building was transformed into a museum and monument to Thomas Gainsborough following a campaign by the Gainsborough's House National Appeal Committee. Thanks to generous donations of art, furniture and decorative objects, the house opened to the public in 1961 as a museum, monument and centre for the arts.
The house's permanent collection encompasses the whole of Gainsborough's career, from his early portraiture and landscapes to later works from his London period. These works are displayed alongside 18th-century furniture and memorabilia. There is a varied programme of exhibitions on both historic British and contemporary art throughout the year.