Spanning a 5 acre site in the heart of Newmarket, and occupying the remains of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables built in 1671, the newly-opened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art embraces three complementary attractions:
The National Horseracing Museum houses an internationally important collection of objects, paintings, trophies & racing silks, and its 12 new galleries take the visitor on a fascinating and intriguing trip through the history of “Sport of Kings”. The exciting displays are enhanced by a range of interactive and audio-visual interpretation that everyone can enjoy, regardless of their existing level of knowledge of horse-racing.
The Rothschild Yard is where you can meet the racehorses themselves. Restored to its former glory, The Yard showcases the work of the Retraining of Racehorses charity and shows how thoroughbreds can be given a successful life beyond the race track. Check the website for details of daily demonstrations.
The Fred Packard Galleries in Palace House provide a new and permanent home for the British Sporting Art Trust, featuring works by artists including George Stubbs, Sir Alfred Munnings, John Singer Sargent and John Wootton. Works on display include major loans from the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as from private and other public art collections. Two additional exhibition spaces host a lively programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
The National Horseracing Museum where the latest audio-visual and interactive technologies are used to interpret the internationally significant collection
For additional information about admission, opening hours, access, facilities and learning opportunities, please visit the museum website.
National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art
Tel: 01638 667314