Our art museum is dedicated to showing works from The Portland Collection. This is a world-class art collection which was built up by the Dukes of Portland and their families, who have owned Welbeck since 1607.
It is a vast and varied accumulation of art, and the display changes every three years.
There is an astonishing selection of fine art and objects, which range from ancient Roman gems to the pearl earring that Charles I wore at his beheading. Artists include Van Dyck, Michelangelo, Marcus Gheerhaets, and Brueghal the Elder.
Now showing in the Museum
The museum is now showing our new exhibition, ‘Unseen Treasures of The Portland Collection’.
This display sees the museum filled to the brim with fascinating art and objects, a giant cabinet of curiosities. There is silver and tapestry, paintings, and jewels; art that has come home after a long loan to a prestigious national gallery, and stunning star items that visitors know and love.
A highlight of the display is a Picture Gallery which is stacked with Tudor and Jacobean portraits – many of which have never been seen publicly before.
Further works from the Collection can be seen on the Welbeck Abbey State Room Tours.