Queen's Gallery

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Queen's Gallery
Entrance of Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace (cropped).jpg
Queen's Gallery is located in Central London
Queen's Gallery
Location within Central London
Established1962; 60 years ago (1962)
LocationBuckingham Palace
London, SW1
United Kingdom
Public transit accessLondon Underground National Rail Bus rapid transit Victoria
WebsiteQueen's Gallery website

The Queen's Gallery is the main public art gallery of Buckingham Palace, home of the British monarch, in London. It exhibits works of art from the Royal Collection (the bulk of which works have since its opening been regularly displayed, so held in trust for the nation, rather than kept privately) on a rotating basis. It has its own access façade and typically displays about 450 works, always including mainly paintings and drawings.

Building history[edit]

The gallery forms the most protruding south wing of the Palace. Its entrance/exit is on the site of a chapel bombed during the Second World War. The gallery opened in 1962; in the next 37 years the gallery received 5 million visitors, until its closure in 1999 (1999 to 2002) for expansion. The expansion, was commissioned from architect John Simpson. On 21 May 2002, the gallery was reopened by Elizabeth II to coincide with her Golden Jubilee. The expansion made the Doric entrance portico, new rooms, and more than tripling in size.[1][clarification needed] It is open to the public during the day for most of the year.


  • From May to October 2019, the Queen's Gallery housed an exhibition of 200 of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings from the Royal Collection[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace Archived 10 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine April 2016
  2. ^ "LEONARDO DA VINCI: A LIFE IN DRAWING". Royal Collection Trust.
  3. ^ "Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing review". Time Out.
  • Fisher, Mark (2004). Britain's Best Museums and Galleries. London: Penguin.

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Coordinates: 51°29′59.287″N 0°8′32.67″W / 51.49980194°N 0.1424083°W / 51.49980194; -0.1424083