The Portland Collection

The Portland Collection museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm. (Closed on Mondays) Free entry, no booking required.


The Portland Collection Museum, located in The Courtyard at Welbeck displays a selection of fine art and decorative design that has been collected over 400 years. The Collection takes its name from the Dukes of Portland who owned Welbeck from 1755 to 1977 and whose descendants live here today. 

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. 

The current display 'Men, Women and Things' focuses on extraordinary women in the family's ancestry, from the first sci-fi writer to a natural historian and a great philanthropist. Including portraits by Sir Anthony van Dyck and John Singer Sargent, a Michelangelo drawing, jewels and historic recipes. 

 

 

"One of the finest aristocratic collections in England"

Martin Bailey, The Art Newspaper

The Portland Collection Museum opened in March 2016 and was designed by Hugh Broughton Architects. It has won numerous awards, including the RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year Award, 2016.

 

Further objects from The Portland Collection can be seen in their historic setting at Welbeck Abbey on the annual State Room Tours, which take place each August.

Entry to the gallery is FREE. For visitor information and opening times click here.