Essential Information

Type Events and festivals
Location
Queen's House
Date and Times 9-10 March 2024 | 10am-5pm
Prices Free

Every year, the Queen’s House closes to prepare for new displays. Artworks are switched around and new acquisitions placed in the galleries. 

Now, after a six week closure, the Queen’s House is opening its doors once more. To celebrate, we’ve got a series of free tours, talks and trails on offer, showcasing the artistic wonders to see. 

Come and admire old favourites, new additions and discover the highlights of the Queen’s House collection. 

Event programme

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Saturday 9 March

Women's History Month self-guided trail

10am-5pm, various rooms

To mark Women’s History Month, follow our free pop-up trail highlighting over 20 fascinating artworks produced by women artists or depicting important women. 

Talk: Women in Uniform 

11am and 4pm, Assistant Master’s Dining Room 

Portrait of a Wren Officer (pictured) has recently joined Royal Museums Greenwich’s collection and is now on display at the Queen’s House. This free talk will explore women’s contributions to the two World Wars and beyond. 

Talk: The Ceilings of the Queen’s House

11.30am and 3.30pm, starting at the Great Hall 

The Queen’s House was at the cutting edge of art and architecture when it was completed for Queen Henrietta Maria in the 1630s.

This free talk will reveal more about the artists who created artworks for the ceilings of this former royal residence.

Talk: The Armada Portrait 

12pm and 2pm, Queen’s Presence Chamber 

The Armada Portrait commemorates the most famous conflict of Queen Elizabeth I's reign: the failed invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in summer 1588.

This free talk will explore different aspects of this iconic and powerful portrait of Queen Elizabeth.

The Queen’s House Highlights Tour 

12.30pm and 2.30pm, various rooms 

Loggia

The Queen’s House highlights tour is back. This free tour will explore aspects related to the architecture and the history of this ‘House of Delights’.

At the end of the tour, visitors will gain exclusive access to the balcony, with views of Greenwich Park. 

  • Tour size: The tour has a capacity of 20 people. Wristbands can be collected from the Queen’s House Admissions desk on the day. They will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Access: The tour passes through several galleries located on different floors of the Queen’s House. Step-free access is available via lift and access ramps. 
  • Suitability: Due to health and safety reasons, children under 12 cannot access the balcony. 

Talk: Olaudah Equiano 

1.30pm, King’s Bedchamber 

Olaudah Equiano was a key figure in the fight to end the slave trade within the British Empire. This free talk will reveal important facts of his life. 

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Sunday 10 March

Women's History Month self-guided trail

10am-5pm, various rooms 

To mark Women’s History Month, follow our free pop-up trail highlighting over 20 fascinating artworks produced by women artists or depicting important women. 

Talk: The Queens Consort

11am and 2pm, Queen’s Antechamber 

The construction of the Queen’s House was initiated for Anne of Denmark and completed for Henrietta Maria, two queens consorts.

This free talk will explore the changing role of the queen consort throughout history. 

Talk: The Ceilings of the Queen’s House 

11.30am and 3.30pm, starting at the Great Hall 

A close up view of the ceiling decoration in the Great Hall of the Queen's House. Contemporary gold leaf detailing on the left complements the historic plasterwork on the right

The Queen’s House was at the cutting edge of art and architecture when it was completed for Queen Henrietta Maria in the 1630s.

This free talk will reveal more about the artists who created artworks for the ceilings of the Queen’s House. 

Talk: Women in Uniform 

12pm and 4pm, Assistant Master’s Dining Room 

Portrait of a Wren Officer has recently joined our collection and is now on display at the Queen’s House. This free talk will explore women’s contributions to the two World Wars and beyond. 

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The Queen’s House Highlights Tour 

12.30pm and 2.30pm, various rooms 

The Queen’s House highlights tour is back. This free tour will explore aspects related to the architecture and the history of this ‘House of Delights’.

At the end of the tour, visitors will gain exclusive access to the balcony, with views of Greenwich Park. 

  • Tour size: The tour has a capacity of 20 people. Wristbands can be collected from the Queen’s House Admissions desk on the day. They will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Access: The tour passes through several galleries located on different floors of the Queen’s House. Step-free access is available via lift and access ramps. 
  • Suitability: Due to health and safety reasons, children under 12 cannot access the balcony. 

Talk: Olaudah Equiano 

1.30pm, King’s Bedchamber 

Olaudah Equiano (pictured) was a key figure in the fight to end the slave trade within the British Empire. This free talk will reveal important facts of his life. 

What’s On

Flamsteed lecture: Our Accidental Universe
Talks and tours | Member events

Flamsteed lecture: Our Accidental Universe

Professor Chris Lintott explains how astronomers stumble across their discoveries.
Monday 22 April 2024 | Doors at 6.30pm, event starts at 7.15pm
Free | Flamsteed Astronomy Society Members only
Queen's House
Lunchtime Concerts
Events and festivals

Lunchtime Concerts

Enjoy musical performances in the Queen's House given by students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 
Select weekdays (see page for details) | 1pm-2pm
Free, drop in
Queen's House
Members' lecture: First Rate Tragedy
Talks and tours | Member events

Members' lecture: First Rate Tragedy

Was Robert Falcon Scott's expedition to the South Pole doomed to fail? Find out with historian and author Diana Preston
Tuesday 7 May 2024 | 6.30pm-7.30pm
Free for Members – booking required
Queen's House
Feeling Blue curator tour
Talks and tours

Feeling Blue curator tour

Join Assistant Curator Maya Wassel-Smith for a tour exploring the influences and inspirations behind Alberta Whittle's Feeling Blue tapestry
Tuesday 14 May 2024 | 3.30pm
Adults £5
Queen's House
Evening Concerts at the Queen’s House
Events and festivals

Evening Concerts at the Queen’s House

Join us for an night of music performed by students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Friday 7 June | 7.30pm-8.30pm
Adult: £10, Members: £7, Concessions (Students, Under 25s, Children): £5
Queen's House
Refugee Week 2024
Events and festivals | Refugee Week

Refugee Week 2024

Find out about the events taking place at Royal Museums Greenwich to mark Refugee Week, focused on this year's theme 'Our Home'
16-23 June 2024 | See page for details
Free
Cutty Sark