The van de Velde Studio

Queen's House closure

Visitor notice. On Saturday 11 August The Great Hall, Tulip Stairs and some ground floor rooms will be closed. The rest of the Queen's House will remain open, including the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I.

Essential information

Opening times: 
Open daily | 10am–5pm
Queen's House, Ground floor

Experience the drama of the high seas at the Queen's House, with our fantastic collection of naval paintings by the van de Veldes.

The Queen’s House in Greenwich is home to a world-class art collection, including dramatic, vivid paintings by two Dutch artists; Willems van de Velde the Elder and the Younger. The father and son team are famous for their paintings of the ocean and life at sea. You can visit the Queen's House to see their work, as well as the studio that they made their home for many years.

During the reign of Charles II in 1673 Willem van de Velde the Elder and Willem van de Velde the Younger established their flourishing studio in the Queen’s House, overlooking the Thames. Their first commission was from the king, for a set of tapestries commemorating his victory at the brutal Battle of Solebay in 1672.

The van de Veldes ended up staying for 11 years and their work arguably laid the foundations for marine painting practice in England for the next 200 years. Come and see for yourself why they had such an impact.

Please note that the van de Velde studio, the Great Hall and Tulip Stairs will occasionally be closed for events, mostly only for 1-2 hours. The House remains open 10am–5pm, with full access to the Armada Portrait, King’s Presence Chamber and other key artworks and features of this beautiful historic building.