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Whitechapel Gallery

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  • Whitechapel Gallery is a fantastic arts venue, perfect for families offering tours and trails, children commissions, workshops and more. 
  • Don’t miss out on Saturdays drawing workshops for 10-14-year-olds, led by artists. 
  • Whitechapel offers outstanding food and drink, at the Whitechapel Gallery dining room, so there’s something for the whole family, after experiencing this fantastic art museum.
  • With both free and paid for exhibitions on offer, Whitechapel Gallery has a variety of experiences in London to offer for a great time.

Whitechapel Art Gallery, designed by Charles Harrison Townsend, first opened in 1901. It was one of the first publicly funded art galleries in London for temporary exhibitions in London, playing a central role in contemporary art, and London’s cultural landscape. 

Whitechapel Gallery is open all year round, and as a registered charity has an array of educational and thought-provoking exhibitions and events. Whitechapel Gallery is a history of firsts. In 1939, Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica, was first displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery, this was its first and only visit to Britain. The first exhibitions of David Hockney and Richard Long were also displayed at Whitechapel Gallery. So you know you’re going to discover up and coming artists that will make a lasting impact. 

Don’t miss out on the host of experiences available for families and kids. Whitechapel Gallery is a leading arts centre, offering London art exhibitions with superb educational experiences and events. Regularly hosting workshops, Whitechapel Gallery will introduce your kids to a variety of artistic forms and histories, from live art to drawing, to LGBTIA+ reading books and so much more. This a fantastic way to give your kids their first introduction into performance and art.  

Whitechapel Gallery offers an array of children’s commissions, where exhibitions are accessible to all ages, and often come with family days to explore the art further and learn about it. From architectural pieces to installations that explore childhood fears, to paper mache creatures, there’s something all kids and grown-ups can enjoy.

This London art gallery works closely with schools and teachers to develop really engaging, exciting and useful learning projects. There is The Whitechapel Gallery Youth Programme, which is open to people 15 – 21. This allows young adults to explore contemporary art, to open up career paths into the sector, and meet like-minded people and others in the field and community 

What to know before you go 

  • On-site is the Townsend, a modern British Dining Room, Café and Wine Bar, offering a variety of great foods, child-friendly meals, and amazing coffee and sweets. Located in central London, there are numerous places to eat and drink nearby; you’ll be sure to find some hidden gems. 
  • There are wheelchairs available from the information desk and portable folding chairs available from the cloakroom, ask a member of staff.
  • Baby changing facilities and accessible toilets are available on the ground floor and basement levels. Just ask at the cloakroom for the code to the basement baby change facility to use it. 
  • Separate Mens’ and Ladies’ toilet facilities, plus a single all-gender cubicle can be found on the basement level of the Gallery.
  • Whitechapel Gallery entrance is at street level, and all the galleries on site are accessible for wheelchair users. All levels are lift-accessible, too, with two lifts serving different parts of the building.
  • Guide dogs, registered assistance and hearing dogs are welcome at Whitechapel Gallery. Staff can provide a bowl of water, too.
  • There are subtitles and transcripts available for exhibitions, contact the information desk in advance or email Whitechapel Gallery to enquire.
  •  Free, guided BSL tours of exhibitions are also available.

Getting there 

  • Whitechapel Gallery is less than a minute walk away from Aldgate East Underground Station. Or, you can find them via Liverpool Street and Tower Gateway Stations and Shoreditch High Street Overground Station, which are approximately a 15 minutes walk away from the Gallery.
  • Via bus, to get to Whitechapel Gallery take the 25, 205 and 254 stop outside the Gallery. The 253 and 242 stop outside Liverpool Street Station. The 35, 43,78,149, 344, 242 and 388 stop on Commercial Road.The 15, 115, 40, 42,45 and 67 buses stop outside Aldgate Station.
  • Visitors are encouraged to use public transport if possible; some external parking facilities are nearby. Some include NCP Whitechapel High Street, Spreadeagle Yard (off Commercial Street), London; Buckle Street Multi-storey Car Park, Buckle Street, London. 
  • Free parking for Blue Badge holders is found at Osborn Street in the pay and display booths for an unlimited period. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Whitechapel Gallery recommends cycling as an alternative mode of transport. The nearest docking stations for cycling are Barclays Cycle Hire at Altab Ali Park, Aldgate East, that has 15 docking stations for use, and Braham Street, Aldgate, with 34 docking stations available for use.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

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