White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre at White Lodge
Museum, free entry
White Lodge, a Grade I listed neo-Classical Palladian building, was commissioned in 1727. The previous year had seen the debut of the 'first ballerina', Marie Camargo, at the Paris Opera. The White Lodge story continues to weave in and out of the fascinating history of Classical ballet.
The same principles of grace, harmony and proportion which define Classical ballet are enshrined in the fabric and design of this beautiful building.
Since 1955 White Lodge has been the home of The Royal Ballet Lower School. For more than eighty years The Royal Ballet School has occupied a central role in the cultural life of the nation, producing some of the world's most acclaimed dancers and choreographers. Its contributed to Classical ballet is acknowledged internationally.
Visitors to White Lodge Museum can learn about the daily life of students at The Royal Ballet School, the history and development of Classical ballet and the fascinating story of White Lodge itself. Displays feature material from the internationally significant Royal Ballet School Collections, including Margot Fonteyn’s ballet shoe, the death mask of Anna Pavlova, and the school reports of famous alumni.
Alternative visiting hours can be arranged for group bookings, please ask.
Visits to White Lodge Museum do not include viewing The Royal Ballet School Students in training.
Must be booked in advance
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Bus: 371 to Richmond Gate, then walk
Access to the Museum is only via a free Park and Ride service.
It runs from the Sheen Gate entrance of Richmond Park to take visitors to and from the Museum by appointment.
•Sheen Gate by car - There is ample parking by Sheen Gate.
•Sheen Gate by rail - The nearest railway station is Mortlake from which it is approximately 15 minutes walk to Sheen Gate
Car Parking at White Lodge is only available by prior arrangement, as required for disabled access or coaches.
- Disabled access
- Disabled access