ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH TO REOPEN THE QUEEN’S HOUSE GALLERY AT THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM ON 10 AUGUST
Royal Museums Greenwich is pleased to announce the reopening of the Queen’s House Gallery at the National Maritime Museum on 10 August 2020. The announcement follows the news that Cutty Sark reopened on 20 July, and the north side of the Royal Observatory Greenwich will reopen on 3 August 2020. The Peter Harrison Planetarium will reopen at a later date.
In addition to some of the treasures of the Queen’s House, including artworks by Reynolds and Canaletto visitors will have the unique opportunity to see the three surviving Armada portraits side-by-side. Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I will run until 31 August 2020. This is the first time the three surviving portraits have been displayed together in their 430-year history.
Afterwards, two Armada portraits will remain on display, accompanied by a new intervention, Call and Response by sound artist Peter Adjaye, encouraging new perceptions of the hidden histories implicit in the portrait and its contemporary legacies.
Additionally, Woburn Treasures has been extended until Easter 2021. This exhibition is a major collaboration, which will see significant works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford on show in the Queen’s House. The collaboration marks the first time significant collection pieces have been on public display in a national museum since the 1950s.
Considered to be one of the most important art collections still in private hands, the Woburn Abbey loans comprise of over 20 works by distinguished artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Poussin and Canaletto. The artworks hang alongside significant works from the renowned national collection of Royal Museums Greenwich.
The visitor experience team have been working hard to ensure the Queen’s House is safe to welcome back visitors. Hand sanitisers will be available throughout the site and staff and signage will be located around the site to ensure guests are observing social distancing. Visitors are being encouraged to wear face masks while on site.
Although the Queen’s House remains free to enter, tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure social distancing can be maintained. Pre-booked time slots ensure that visits can be adequately spread throughout the day and sites do not exceed capacity. Tickets will go on sale from 3 August 2020.
Also on the 10 August, the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibition at the National Maritime Museum will reopen. This exhibition showcases the spectacular imagery from the 2019 competition from across our Solar System, galaxy and the wider universe, including ‘Into the Shadow’, the overall winner by Hungarian photographer László Francsics which depicts the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse that occurred on 21 January. Advance booking is essential. Tickets go on sale on 3 August 2020.
The rest of the National Maritime Museum will reopen later in the summer. Royal Museums Greenwich will continue to monitor the situation closely and base its approach on advice received from the Government and Public Health England.
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