Founded in 1901 to 'bring great art to the people of the East End of London', the Whitechapel Art Gallery occupies a distinctive arts and crafts building designed by Charles Harrison Townsend.
Its first exhibition, which included the Pre-Raphaelites, Constable, Hogarth and Rubens, attracted 206,000 local people. The programmes have ranged from showcasing art from Africa, India and Latin America to premiering solo emerging figures such as Picasso, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.
Through exhibitions such as the Whitechapel Open, the gallery has promoted artists who live and work in the East End of London.
IThe Whitechapel Gallery completed an ambitious £13 million expansion in April 2009, the greatest event in its 100-year history.
Following the former Whitechapel Library's move to new facility, the Whitechapel Gallery acquired the building to restore it and keep it open as a free art gallery all year round.
To get there from the Americana; go to Baker Street underground station and take a Hammersmith & City Line train eastbound from Platform 5 to Aldgate East.
The exit from the station is next to the Gallery.