The Portland Collection Museum

The Portland Collection Museum displays a selection of fine art and decorative design, collected over 400 years by an extended English aristocratic family, descending from Bess of Hardwick.  The Portland Collection takes its name from the Dukes of Portland, who owned Welbeck from 1755 to 1977.

The current exhibition ‘Men, Women and Things’ focuses on the extraordinary women in the family’s ancestry, from the first sci-fi writer to a natural historian and a great philanthropist.

From ancient Roman gems to the pearl earring that Charles I wore at his beheading to a drawing by Michelangelo; these works tell a story about England and the way people, places, tastes and society have changed over the centuries.

On display in The Portland Collection Museum, you will discover paintings by Sir Antony van Dyck, Michelangelo and George Stubbs.

The exhibits are idiosyncratic, interesting, unusual, and cast light on family history, art history and, well, just history in general.  Marina Vaizey, The Arts Desk, March 2016.

The gallery was designed by Hugh Broughton Architects and opened in 2016.  It has won many awards including the RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year.

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Download the Family Tree or pick up a Visitor Guide from Reception.