Queens House – Italian Renaissance-style mansion marked a departure from Tudor architecture and houses a fine art collection of maritime paintings
Queens House now showcases the Maritime Museum’s outstanding fine-art collection and provides a unique and beautiful venue for weddings, corporate and private events.
King James I gave the Greenwich Palace and Park at Greenwich to his queen, Anne of Denmark in 1614. Famous architect Inigo Jones was assigned to build a villa in Palladian style on the site of the gatehouse that connected Greenwich Palace to the park on the other side of the Deptford to Woolwich public road.
Anne died in 1619 but the work was later looked after and completed by her daughter-in-law Henrietta Maria (queen to King Charles I). This Italian Renaissance-style mansion marked a departure from Tudor architecture and houses a fine art collection of maritime paintings.
In 1689 the house became the residence of the Ranger of Greenwich Park. In 1806 it was sold to provide accommodation for the Royal Naval Asylum, a school for the sons and daughters of seamen.
After 1933 the buildings were taken over by the new National Maritime Museum, and three queens attended its opening by George VI in 1937: Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and the future Queen Elizabeth II.
What you expect to see in Queen’s House