Ceiling of the Queen's Presence Chamber

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Visitor notice: On Sunday 4 March Cutty Sark and the museum car park will be closed for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. All other museums will be open as normal and DLR and rail links will be running. Find out about road closures

Essential information

Opening times: 
Open daily | 10am–5pm
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
Queen's House, First floor

Stand beneath the ornate ceiling of the Queen's Presence Chamber and discover an artwork fit for royalty.

An amazing original feature of the Queen's House is the ornately painted ceiling of the Queen’s Presence Chamber, which gives us a sense of how Henrietta Maria filled the Queen's House with art in the 1630s. The ceiling was beautifully restored in 2013.

The ‘grotesque’ style includes her and Charles I’s initials in roundels, and ‘Henrica Maria Regina’ above the fireplace. The design was commissioned from either of two court artists, John de Critz or Matthew Gooderick, and includes an allegory of ‘Aurora dispersing the shades of Night’.

The Queen's House is open daily, 10am-5pm

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