A collection of 18th-century portraits is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery
. The people in the portraits are some of the most influential figures of the era and Beningbrough is a setting where they would have felt very much at home.
Each year there are changing displays and you will find four of the principal rooms on the first floor tranformed into the Saloon Galleries.
Other collections on display include porcelain and key furniture pieces, several from Holme Lacey, the ancestral home of the Chesterfields - the last private owners of Beningbrough. On the ground floor find out more about the people who have played their part in Beningbrough's history and the last 300 years of this country house.
The Saloon Galleries
The next exhibition Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy opens on Monday 5 March 2019.
From the new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker, to the notorious conspirator Guy Fawkes, discover some of the faces that have helped create the reputation of Yorkshire. Will you be surprised by who you discover? Who would you include to demonstrate the county's reputation?
From spring 2019, there will be more than twenty portraits and sculptures in the Saloon Galleries - including Nicola Adams, Michael Parkinson and Jarvis Cocker. The exhibition explores great achievers, those who caused controvery and those who battled to succeed.
The interactive galleries on the first and second floors of the hall bring Beningbrough's portraits to life. They are entertaining for younger and older visitors alike and are open throughout the year.
Here, you can explore both the sitters' and artists' part in creating a portrait, create your own 18th-century-style virtual portrait and email it home, search the entire National Portrait Gallery collection, dress-up and try your hand at sculpting.