Treasured Possessions: Riches of Polesden Lacey
Discover the most significant treasures in Mrs Greville's collection in this fascinating exhibition. Everyday from 25th April to 30th October.
- Booking not needed
- Free event (admission applies)
With masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest and best-known artists, including Frans van Mieris the Elder; chinoiserie pieces by Meissen and exquisite objects by Cartier and Fabergé, the exhibition will showcase over 100 objects. As well as giving a fascinating insight into Mrs Greville's life through the stories told behind the pieces in her collection, the exhibition will explore what it means to be 'treasured'.
- Event ticket prices
|1 adult, 2 children||£23.10||£21.00|
What is Gift Aid?
Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.
Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:
- Gift Aid Admission
- Standard Admission
If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.
Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:
|Amount paid by visitor||£11.00||£10.00|
|Tax refund from Government*||£2.75||£0.00|
|Total received by the National Trust||£13.75||£10.00|
*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
The gardens, estate, shop, and cafe at Polesden Lacey are open all year.
*The house is open daily from 1 Mar - 30 Oct, and at weekends only at other times of the year.
To help plan your visit and avoid disappointment, please click here and use the calendar to check seasonal opening and closing times.
Please note that child tickets are for those aged between 5 and 17 years. Under 5s can visit for free.
Members park for free. Please scan your membership card on the car park machine. Non-members: £2 up to and including 2 hours, £5 all day.
- As well as the Meissen pieces, there will be a pair of pottery horse heads from early Imperial China (AD 265-589) as well as rare Renaissance maiolica birds, and Mrs Greville’s treasured Staffordshire porcelain tulips. The breadth of the picture collection will be revealed, including French and Italian paintings, rare medieval works, and the finest miniatures in Mrs Greville’s possession. The heart of the display will be the masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age, including Frans van Mieris the Elder’s Self-Portrait at the age of 32. In the high society circles, in which Mrs Greville moved, the giving of gifts was an important social ritual. Among the best gifts of all to receive was something from Fabergé. Mrs Greville’s collection of objets d’art will be on display, including animal carvings of rabbits, a frog and even a pink elephant, and, the crowning glory, her Fabergé egg.