Dulwich Picture Gallery
9 reviews of Dulwich Picture Gallery in English
Excellent art gallery with permanent collection containing works by rembrant, gainsborough, rubens and many other 18th century artists (and earlier) also has about 3 different temporary exhibitions a year. The gallery was designed by sir john soane ( who designed the bank of england amongst many other buildings) and contains the mausoleum of the original gallery owners as a rather quirky touch.Also has shop and cafe - though once i'm through with the exhibitions i usually make my way to the excellent crown&greyhounds pub ( 10 minute walk) where i can get a decent pint of ale and an excellent dinner at a reasonable price.Also in the vicinity is the horniman museum where entry is free and the permanent exhibits include fossils,stuffed animals/birds,a huge collection of musical instruments, an aquarium with jelly fish, seahorses and loads more and last but not least a dead mermaid! ( ok its half a monkey sewn onto half a fish)
This gallery is so fantastic - small but packed with great works, active in the community and a fantastic cultural centre for Dulwich Village, with its air of regal calm. But what a shame it's so expensive to get in!
I live locally and have only ever been in once, as have many of my friends, and I think they'd agree it's because the high entry fee is a turnoff for repeat visits. I know that not everything can or should be free, but I wish there was a better deal for locals who'd like to be regular attendees of the special exhibitions.
This is the world’s first purpose-built gallery and is a treasure. Small but rich it has a lovely selection of pictures, a fine cafe and is located in lovely dulwich, and a short walk away from the horniman. What a way to spend a day!
This is a tiny little gem (so shush!!! And tell no-one!)It is quite well located and has air of an era gone by. The staffs are welcoming and friendly especially towards children. I like to drop in for afternoon tea and pretend that for a little while that the whole place is all mine! (I think the men in white suits will be visiting me soon!) This is a great place for families with children of any age.
Ahhh! This is such a civilised place. As someone who likes to see art wherever she can, it’s a pleasure to go somewhere where there is far less hustle and bustle. Good art that’s worth seeing at your own pace. It’s not big but big enough. I’ve seen some really good exhibitions here. The new cafe is really delightful with excellent cream teas, soups and lunches. Good book shop as well. Dulwich keeps it village atmosphere, it’s very pretty. There’s a Pizza Express and some charming local shops. I like to go for a walk in Dulwich Woods, part of the land belonging to Dulwich College. It’s surprising to walk somewhere where it feels so much like the countryside without leaving South London. It’s another world, compared to nearby Brixton, which I also love.
This is a local impressive find. They do so much here, not just the art work in the gallery or the exhibitions but the extra activities that they organise throughout the year. They run art classes for adults and children (not very cheap though), Easter Egg Hunts etc. They have a nice small restaurant and a small garden to walk around but opposite is the most fantastic park which makes a wonderful place to visit afterwards.
The world’s first purpose built gallery is an excellent place to spend a couple of hours of a half-day. The permanent collection includes a substantial number of fine old masters: by Rembrant, Poussin, Rubens and many others. There are regular rotating exhibitions but the impressive permanent collection is free for students (it’s 4 pounds for adults, 3 for OAPs).
The building itself - designed by Sir John Soane - is a beautiful setting for the paintings, and there is a very pleasant modern cafe set in the grounds with outdoor seating in summer. The cafe is an ideal spot for tea or for a tasty light meal with a friend. The gallery is located in Dulwich Village, a sophisticated oasis in south London, and is opposite Dulwich Park (where some on-street parking available).
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