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LightScape: James Turrell at Houghton

7 June to 24 October 2015

One of the world’s most acclaimed artists, American James Turrell will create a site-specific light work which will illuminate the entire west façade of Houghton Hall as part of a major exhibition of his work which will open to the public. The spectacular light display will be visible from dusk and will provide a unique experience as an exciting climax to the exhibition.  Further exhibition highlights will include two major works installed in the grounds at Houghton: the Skyspace Seldom Seen, and the Space Division, St Elmo's Breath, which is housed in an 18th century water tower in the park.  Other works featured in the exhibition will include light projections from the 1960s, holograms and a work from the ‘Tall Glass’ series.

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Houghton by Candlelight

Wander round the lavishly appointed state rooms and experience the unique ambience, bathed in the light of candles amid the gathering dusk to the accompaniment of musicians strategically placed to evoke the atmosphere of this eighteenth century masterpiece.


Houghton by Candlelight Dinner Menu

Houghton by Candlelight Musicians


Forthcoming Events

Later this year an exhibition of approximately 160 various works of art from Houghton Hall starts touring the United States of America. The exhibition, entitled "Houghton Hall - Portrait of an English country house" will be visiting:

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 22 June to 22 September, 2014 -

The Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, from 18 October1 to 18 January 2015 -

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville from February to May 1015 -

Recent Awards

In 2013 Houghton staged the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition: Houghton Revisited which reunited many of the works from Sir Robert Walpole’s magnificent collection, which had been sold to Catherine the Great in1779.  The original hang was recreated at Houghton Hall, with many of the Old Master paintings revisiting their old home, which had originally been designed to house the collection.  Over 112,000 visitors from all over the world visited the exhibition.

The exhibition was recognised by being awarded in November 2013:

Exhibition of the Year by Apollo Magazine


the Business Impact Award by the Eastern Daily Press


in February 2014, the exhibition was recognised as the Best Event by Hudson's Heritage Awards -  "It was the outstanding country house event of the year and proabably of the decade."