If you walk around the perimeter of the Buckingham Palace, you'll get to this place, The Queen's Gallery. They offer combined tickets along with the Royal Mews, but if you have the London Pass, then your entrance fee is waived, and yes I recommend this place as well.
On my visit here, it was nothing but Leonardo di Vinci's anatomy exhibit. It's basically all his notes and drawings of the human body compiled into 3 main rooms in the Queen's Gallery.
How often do you get to see dozens and dozens of pages of di Vinci's work in a single museum? It was a very impressive sight.
And besides the exhibit, their museum shop was pretty cool too. Lot's and lots of queen stuff can be bought here. They even have china with a picture of the queen's face on it for only a few hundred £.
This place is part of the London Pass, so don't forget to stop by.
My parents were going here so I figured "What the heck, I'll join them." I am glad I did. We were there for the Dutch Landscapes and the selection was beautiful. And interestingly enough, there were several landscapes of the Scheveningen area in Holland - where my great-grandparents came from. Pretty cool.
Then we ventured into the Treasures from the Royal Collection - this was filled with some very stunning pieces.
And by pure coincidence, at the Goring Hotel two nights later, I met the wife of the gentleman who curates the collections at the Queens Gallery.
My only real issue is that while many of the great Museums in London are free, the Royal Collection sites (which include the Queens Gallery, The Royal Mews, Windsor Castle, etc) all charge admission fees. I understand the need to pay for staffing, security, etc., and I greatly appreciate the ability to see the vast collections that the Royal's have amassed. I just wonder how the people who truly paid for these items over the centuries feel about having to pay to see them.
I am glad we do now get the chance to see some of the items collected over the centuries by the Royals.
This was one of the best galleries I've seen in a while. The free audio tour included with admission was superb. It was a great history lesson in Scott's Terra Nova Expedition, as well as Shackleford's later expedition. The photographs and other visual aids were fantastic, displayed alongside a few other items of memorabilia.
For the few extra pounds, combine this tour with a tour of the Royal Mews, as well, since neither tour takes much more than an hour.
W got the tickets for the Royal Mews and combined them with the Queen's Gallery.
The current exhibition was photographs from Shackleton's Endurance expedition and Scott's failed expedition to Antarctica. I was quite fascinated, since the SO and me had just watched the Branaugh BBC production of Shackleton.
As my mother and cousin did not care too much for this exhibit, they liked it so-so. It does have a huge gift shop with tons of royal things to buy. I would suggest seeing what exhibition is going on, because if it's not to your interest, it might not be worth the visit.
After seeing Buckingham Palace (on a Sunday when the chaning of the guard was not happening) I decided to swing by the Queens Gallery. As a fairly poor student I decided that this gallery, being one of the few in the UK I have come across that charge for admission, would probably be worth the 8 quid entry fee.
When I went last week the special exhibition was Victoria & Albert: Art and Love. It was very nice to get a chance to see this collection, including their art, jewels and furniture. I was a bit surprised though that the exhibition seemed quite small. For 8 quid I was expecting a bit more.
Also, I was disappointed to not see any postcards or pictures of Princess Diana available in the gift shop. I understand that she was divorced from Charles and is now deceased, but it would seem fitting to include here here if you are going to have postcards of Camilla.
Review for: the Royal Mews
The Royal Mews were interesting to visit but nothing extraordinary. We got to see the carriages, three horses [bummer, because I was looking forward to seeing HORSES horses], the stables, and that's about it.
Well, it was an entertaining half hour... because that's about as long as it takes to tour the whole place.
There is a self-guided audio tour which is pretty helpful and provides interesting information about each section.
The queens own art is always on display here. Collections change regularly and it is exceptional is scope of her Majesty's Art collection
This is worth going to even if you don't have tickets to Buckingham Palace. It is very well done and has varying exhibits during the course of the year. The sheer size of the gifts that HM The Queen has been given during her reign is awe inspiring but then to see all the accumulated gifts and purchases of previous monarchs is fantastic. Take your time and take it all in. Many of the pieces have alot of detail so don't rush by. Also, the Lucien Freud portrait of HM The Queen is best viewed from a bit of a distance not close up.
Given that the Royal Collection of paintings and drawings is so vast and of such high quality and yet so rarely seen in public, the exhibitions put on here are almost invariably interesting. You get the chance to see works selected by guest curators on a particular theme. At the moment (summer 2008), for example, there is a show curated by David Attenborough on art associated with curiosities from the natural world, including wonderful pieced by Leonardo. The latest exhibition details can be found at royalcollection.org.uk/d…
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