The 17th-century Queen’s House was designed by Inigo Jones, and is one of the most important buildings in British architectural history – the first consciously classical building in the country. It was originally home to Charles I’s wife, Henrietta Maria, although with the rapid onset of the English Civil War, she had little time to enjoy it. Going on to provide a focal point for Sir Christopher Wren’s Greenwich, its main features are the Tulip Staircase, the cubic Great Hall and an orangery opening onto Greenwich Park. Since 2001 it has housed the National Maritime Museum’s fine art collection, alongside many historical portraits of Tudor and Stuart royals associated with the building. Regular temporary exhibitions make a concession to more modern art.
Tel: 020 8312 6608