Dulwich Picture Gallery Overview

Dulwich Gallery is the first purpose-built art gallery on the earth, including a collection of old masters ‘for the inspection of the public.’ Now the art gallery is a vivacious cultural hub presenting some of the UK’s top exhibitions along with its permanent collection of the Baroque masterpieces and staging a huge range program of community engagement, practical art, and public events.

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is the first purposefully built art gallery accessible by the public. Consider exploring the vibrant atmosphere of The Dulwich Picture Gallery with Europe tour packages. It was made more than 200 years ago as the founders believe that lots of people should see the great paintings, and today everyone thinks the same. The gallery also houses a rich collection of the old master paintings in Sir John Soane’s unique building, which permits visitors to experience the exceptional art in a welcoming and intimate setting.

The Dulwich Picture Gallery connects the past with present via a unique programme of artists, approaching arts and innovative exhibitions from various angles.

The shows ordered by the picture gallery always introduce new artists and rediscover the artists who were once famous, and now the society neglects them.

It presents a new perspective on household names. The program of Dulwich Picture Gallery has four principles, i.e., Revelatory, Trailblazers, contemporary now, and contemporary then.

The picture gallery empowers the audience for connecting to their world via meaningful interactions with art. The gallery always holds people at the heart of everything and diligently crafts the offer in order to meet the needs and learning styles of people from all walks of life.

The inclusive programs are for an audience of all ages, i.e., from 0 to 100 years. The gallery invites people to unlock the story behind personal connections and paintings.


• Dulwich Picture Gallery displays more than 600 paintings, including the world’s finest collection of ‘Old Masters.’
• Various temporary exhibitions also take place throughout the year. You can grab the gallery tickets to see them
• The permanent collection of Dulwich Picture Gallery includes artwork by Gainsborough, Poussin, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Rembrandt.
• The gardens of Dulwich Picture Gallery offers a natural respite with a wide range of beautiful trees.
• The gallery's core collection includes Sir Francis Bourgeois, a Swiss partner, and Noel Desenfans.
• Out of 660 paintings in the picture gallery, 215 paintings are from the Southern and Northern Netherlands.
• The collection at the gallery is from the 17th century and mainly consists of English portraits, still life, and Netherlandish landscapes.
• The gallery is not housed in various Dutch and Italianate landscapes painted by Berchem, Pynacker, Wouwerman, and Cuyp.
• Explore the gallery café, which has a unique graffitied theme and is unique in itself.

How To Reach

By Bus: Take bus routes 37, 42, and P4 and exit at the nearest bus stand of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. From there, you can reach the gallery in a few minutes only. However, the bus journey may take 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the location from where you are coming.

By Train: If you are coming via train, deboard it at Victoria station and reach Dulwich Picture Gallery with just a few minutes of walking.

By Cycle: Tourists can visit the gallery on their cycles and use the nearest docking station to park their cycles.

By Car: You can also drive to Dulwich Picture Gallery and use the gallery’s parking.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Dulwich Picture Gallery is in the morning as the gallery is quietest during the opening, especially at weekends. After that, you can see various schools and tourists visit the gallery making it crowded and unpleasant to see the artwork. So, it will be best to visit the gallery in the morning.

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Other Essential Information

  • Due to COVID protocols, all visitors are instructed to wear masks.
  • Always book the ticket in advance in order to skip the queue and save your time.
  • You can find a dedicated team of guides at various locations of the gallery that will guide you and answer any questions.
  •  A locker facility is available at Dulwich Picture Gallery to store the unwanted stuff you do not wish to roam around with.
  • The Gallery has reduced the visitor capacity to follow social distancing properly, so it may be possible that you will not get entry tickets from the gallery due to the full house.
  • With a single ticket, visitors can see both collections and exhibitions.
  • Only card payment is accepted at the gallery’s café and shop.

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10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Point of Interest for Dulwich Picture Gallery
Wander To Walking The Dog

Wander To Walking The Dog

Grab the opportunity to roam around the garden’s galleries, which are also marked as the best locations to appreciate the exteriors of this iconic gallery building. Also, make sure to visit the sculpture of Peter Randall Page, named, ‘Walking the Dog’ which is the first contemporary art piece of this gallery.

See the carvings across the stones, which denotes the different Greek key symbol, and it runs along the gallery’s external façade. You can also explore the different tree species, including Black Mulberry, Kentucky coffee tree and Golden Indian Bean Tree.

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See Canaletto At Work

See Canaletto At Work

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is adorned by two beautiful masterpieces of Giovanni Antonio Canal. The gallery four showcases the Italian 18th-century old master painter ‘s view of the old Walton Bridge and includes the painter with palette and easel standing at the edge of River Thames

Take A Picture With The Girl At The Window

Take A Picture With The Girl At The Window

You may not be aware, but you can take pictures with the collections. Get inspired by the marvelous architecture and share & lighten the unique take on the Dulwich Picture Gallery. You can take a photo with Rembrandt’s ‘Girl at a Window,’ one of the most famous works.

Red Telephone Box

Red Telephone Box

After exit, on a left turn, you will witness a contemporary telephone box in the hues of red. The Gallery’s mausoleum’s roof can be seen on close observation from the top. You can notice the way the roof’s top is reflected through the telephone box’s domed ceiling.

The designs of Giles Gilbert Scott were purely influenced by the iconic dome carved by Soane, which is also known as a pendentive roof. It is another major attraction of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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