Painted Hall ProjectDuring 2017 and 2018 the Old Royal Naval College is 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. From April 2017 visitors will 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. HomeAbout the ProjectPainted Hall HistorySupport the ProjectNewsPainted Hall Ceiling ToursPages Painted Hall Ceiling Tours BOOK NOW Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of Britain’s largest painted ceiling. Painted between 1707 and 1726, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College hides many surprises. During a major conservation project, visitors will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast masterpiece up close. Take an hour long ceiling tour via a special observation deck and discover the painting’s mysteries as they are revealed for the first time in half a century. “A ceiling that rivals Michelangelo’s” – Evening Standard “Once-in-a-lifetime” – Time Out London “One of the greatest baroque ceilings in Britain” – Sky News BOOK NOW School groups at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 can experience the Painted Hall ceiling on a free workshop. Find out more about our schools Painted Ceiling Experiences.