Open House London 2013
21 — 22 September 2013
View photographs of the Royal Academy's home, Burlington House
Join us on Open House weekend as the RA opens the doors of its home, Burlington House. Built as a town-palace during the 1660s on the then outskirts of London, Burlington House has been added to, modified and adapted over the years by such celebrated figures as William Kent, Sydney Smirke, Richard Norman Shaw and Foster + Partners. Explore a number of the building’s hidden spaces and learn about its four centuries of history.
Burlington House and Burlington Gardens
10am–6pm (Schools open on Sunday only)
- Regular talks over the weekend peeling back the layers of history to reveal the intriguing story of the RA’s famous home.
- Special behind-the-scenes tours of the usually non-publicly-accessible spaces of the Keeper’s House with architect Rolfe Kentish whose practice, Long and Kentish, has led its extensive renovation. (Tours run at 2pm and 4pm on both days). To book your free place, click here
- Explore Burlington House and discover its hidden architectural gems in specially-devised activities for children and families (Saturday only).
- Learn about Burlington Gardens past, present and future in a special tour led by the RA’s HLF Director, Ben Pearce, on Sunday at 12pm (no booking required).
- Discover what role Architecture Clubs can play in schools and hear architect-led teams present ideas for new sites along the Thames in two events taking place over the weekend in Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out. Find our more
- Become an art student for the day and draw from some of the RA’s extraordinary collection of plaster casts in the historic Life Room.
Please note that some tours are pre-booked only; events taking place in Richard Rogers RA Inside Out require an exhibition ticket.
Download a brief history of Burlington House (1.2 MB)