Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpieceFree, open daily
For the last two years the Old Royal Naval College has been cleaning and conserving 40,000 square feet of the Painted Hall. This landmark project will return clarity, colour and vibrancy to Sir James Thornhill’s masterpiece. Importantly, the project will also create a more stable environment so that it will be many decades before the Painted Hall needs conserving again.
Until September 30th 2018 visitors have the opportunity to ascend 67 steps to a special observation deck and experience the drama of the vast lower hall ceiling up close. Painted Hall Ceiling Tours offer the chance to discover the painting’s hidden mysteries and learn about the new discoveries made as the project unfolds. This is the last chance to get within touching distance of one of the UK's most inspiring baroque masterpieces, and not to be missed.
Explore the art, architecture and fascinating stories of the Painted Hall. Check back often as we continue to make more discoveries during conservation and on Painted Hall Ceiling Tours!
Watch as conservator Sam Whittaker helps us decode historic graffiti discovered on the Painted Hall ceiling.Read more
Students from Lewisham College produced an exhibition mounted on the scaffolding in the Painted Hall, exploring their identities and responding to the painted ceiling itself.Read more
Simon Davies identifies a new character on the Painted Hall ceilingRead more
Discover how technical imaging is revealing new information about the painted ceiling and details invisible to the naked eyeRead more
Carla Paulis delves into the shadows to uncover some intriguing details in the Painted HallRead more
Watch conservator Eliza Doherty share her experience of cleaning the gilded decoration in the Painted HallRead more
Patrick Rice sheds light on the famous Danish astronomer depicted in the Painted HallRead more
Elaine Galloway introduces John Worley, one of the first sailors to live at the Royal Hospital for SeamenRead more
Simon Davies introduces this famous mythological character and makes an intriguing new discoveryRead more
You can now explore the Tudor discovery beneath the Painted Hall through our interactive 3D Sketchfab model!Read more