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Whitechapel Gallery

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The Whitechapel Gallery – the artists’ gallery for everyone.Our history has always been the future. For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo PicassoJackson PollockMark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Paul Noble, Thomas Struth, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger.

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, Cafe/Bar and Bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.

“If anywhere, this is the place to promote a new belief in the good of art.”

The Independent

The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

The Whitechapel Gallery was founded in 1901 to bring great art to the people of east London.

The Gallery’s history is a history of firsts: in 1939 Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica was displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery on its first and only visit to Britain; in 1958 the Gallery presented the first major show in Britain of American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock; and in 1970 and 1971 the first shows of David Hockney, Gilbert & George and Richard Long were staged to great acclaim.

Exhibitions in the 1980s and 90s included Donald Judd, Cy Twombly. Cindy Sherman and Lucian Freud.  From 2000, the Gallery has shown Liam Gillick, Nan Goldin, Cristina Iglesias, Paul McCarthy, Mark Wallinger and Franz West.

The Gallery is internationally renowned for its exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and its pioneering education and public events programmes. The Whitechapel plays a unique role in the capital’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of east London as a leading contemporary art quarter.

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Listing Details

  • Address: Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High St London E1 7QX
  • Phone: 020 7522 7888
  • Website:
  • Email:
  • Get there by bus: 25, 205 and 254 stop outside the gallery. The 15, 115, 40, 42,45 and 67 buses stop outside Aldgate Station. The 35, 43,78,149, 242, 344 and 388 stop on Commercial Road. The 242 and 253
  • Get there by tube/train: Aldgate East (District Hammersmith & City)
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Additional information: Our entrance is at street level and all the galleries are wheelchair accessible. All levels are lift-accessible and there are two lifts serving different parts of the building.
    Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are available on the ground and basement levels.

    Free parking for Blue Badge holders is available at the top of Osborne Street in the pay and display booths for an unlimited period.

    One space directly outside the gallery in the loading bay is available on a first come-first serve basis (max stay 3hrs).

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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