Queen's House closure

Visitor notice: On Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 December, the Great Hall, Tulip Stairs and some ground floor rooms will be closed. The rest of the house and galleries remain open including the Armada Portrait. Find out more about the Armada Portrait

Christmas opening times

Over the Christmas period the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Queen's House will be open as usual. We are closed to the public from 24-26 December. Plan your next visit

Discover some of our famous and less well-known art treasures from the last 400 years in the elegant surroundings of the Queen's House, as selected by our art curators.

Follow the trail

James, Duke of York, 1633-1701
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Wearing gold armour and jewelled sandals with lion-mask tops, James, Duke of York is depicted in the ostentatious tradition of the swagger portrait.

Royal Observatory from Crooms Hill
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The building of the Royal Observatory in 1675 made Greenwich into the astronomical centre of Britain.

Mrs Maria Pierrepont, 1777/8-1864
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These glowing, textured pastel portraits of husband and wife Captain William Pierrepont and Mrs Maria Pierrepont are by John Russell, one of the leading English pastel portraitists of his time. 

The Parting Cheer
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Partly in shadow, a group of emigrants look out from the deck of a vessel, some waving handkerchiefs, but otherwise passive participants. An increasing stretch of water to the right emphasises their separation from their distraught loved ones on the quay.

Working Boats from around the British Coast
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This quirky and imaginative mural of five panels was originally made for the decoration of the Nelson Bar aboard HMS Campania.