National Gallery

National Gallery

Art Museum and Art Gallery
Trafalgar Sq, City of Westminster, Greater London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
Hours:
Closed until 10:00am (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
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Located in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world, from van Eyck to Van Gogh.

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  • "... some Van Goghs, Renoirs and Degas. All in a day's stroll through..." (5 tips)
  • "See the leonardo da Vinci exhibition it's amazing, but pre book..." (4 tips)
  • "... The UK national collection is relatively small because unlike in..." (13 tips)
  • HISTORY UK

    The gallery opened in 1824 to exhibit 38 paintings purchased by the government. The UK national collection is relatively small because unlike in Europe, the monarch’s collection was not nationalised.

    HISTORY UK · February 15, 2011
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  • Londonist

    Look out for the mosaic floors in the main entrance and stairwell. Fascinating. Work by the same artist can be seen at Tate Britain.

    Londonist · July 8, 2010
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  • Movie Mayor

    In 2012's Skyfall, James Bond first encounters Q in Room 34 of the National Gallery as he sits admiring JMW Turner’s masterpiece "The Fighting Temeraire"

    Movie Mayor · January 13, 2013
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  • The Telegraph

    Walk back to Trafalgar Square and join the free 60-minute taster tour at the National Gallery (nationalgallery.org.uk), which houses the superb collection of 600 years of Western European art. 

    The Telegraph · December 24, 2012
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  • Time Out London

    The National Gallery is home to more than 2,000 works, with masterpieces from virtually every European school of art. Weekly late-night opening is on Fridays until 9pm, with tours, talks and music. Read more

    Time Out London · March 27, 2012
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  • Jeremy L.

    Great collection of European painting 13th-19th centuries.

    Jeremy Le Van · September 26, 2011
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  • Inayaili d.

    Take one of the free guided tours—an easy and much more interesting way of engaging with the museum and its paintings. They start at the Sainsbury Wing Information Desk, at 11.30am and 2.30pm, and las

    Inayaili de León Persson · October 13, 2009
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  • Dave

    At the front of the National Gallery, on the right hand side, stands a statue of George Washington, the bronze statue is a replica of Jean Antoine Houdon's marble statue in Richmond, Virginia.

    Dave · November 21, 2012
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  • Otel.com

    This art gallery on Trafalgar Square has more than 2,000 paintings from as early as the 13th century. Highlights include Da Vinci's The Virgin of the Rocks and Van Gogh's Sunflowers. Opens at 10 am.

    Otel.com · October 11, 2011
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  • New York Habitat

    An art museum on Trafalgar Square, definitely take one of the free guided tours at 11:30AM or 2:30PM. Get there via Charing Cross stop on the Bakerloo or Northern lines.

    New York Habitat · November 10, 2011
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  • mylifeisgorgeous

    It is like your aunt’s house: in a good place and always welcoming you. Do a quicky and visit “La venus de Velazquez”. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/ Read more

    mylifeisgorgeous · October 22, 2011
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  • Joy

    If you don't have a lot of time to spend here, go downstairs and print out theme/highlight tours of artworks you'd like to see from the computers. They are next to the Espresso Bar. It will map out th

    Joy · July 17, 2010
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  • Matt B.

    I spent six months visiting every picture in the gallery. Systematic and comprehensive: the only way for a scientist to get into art.

    Matt Brown · November 27, 2009
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  • Dylan W.

    Cafe an oasis of calm and tasty cakes, right next to Trafalgar Square.

    Dylan W · June 4, 2010
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  • Simon J.

    Check out the Netherlandish galleries in the Sainsbury Wing - best in the world!

    Simon Jary · January 2, 2010
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  • Joy

    It will map out the best route for you to see your selections. Easy and efficient. Fridays open until 9pm. Love it!

    Joy · July 17, 2010
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  • Rich C.

    There's a creepy guy takings pics of girls near me here. My tip - don't be a creep.

    Rich Crosby · June 9, 2010
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  • Dima B.

    Entrance is free.. Plan of gallery 1£.

    Dima Besthistory · April 23, 2013
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  • Mauricio C.

    A fantastic place! It's almost a time machine!

    Mauricio Caires · June 21, 2012
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  • Vasya S.

    Buy tickets in advance for the popular exhibitions to avoid queues

    Vasya Solo · February 29, 2012
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  • Ale M.

    Free tours, free entry, free toilettes, very warm in cold days… GREAT ART

    Ale MaGu · November 8, 2011
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Free, fantastic art–can’t get much better than that, though they seem to be trying with their excellent tour selection and event offerings. The gift shop is also one of the best in town. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · October 26, 2011
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  • Andras B.

    Try to guess the object in the front of the ambassadors (Holbein) painting!

    Andras Bihari · October 15, 2011
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  • Kristiana L.

    all the classics.. aaahhhhh

    Kristiana Lulle · October 14, 2011
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  • Karen D.

    A must see, regardless of how much time you have!

    Karen DeMarco · January 20, 2011
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  • Maria M.

    They're on twitter if you want to stay up to speed @nationalgallery

    Maria Mackenzie · October 16, 2010
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  • Ibs A.

    A must!

    Ibs Ansari · August 8, 2010
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  • Ria

    Go to National Gallery for unique Da Vinci exhibition. It only focuses on him as a painter and brings many of his paintings from around the world together.

    Ria · July 27, 2010
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  • Averill W.

    U can rent audio guide at the front desk . Pretty helpful.

    Averill Wang · March 26, 2010
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  • Daniil A.

    The National Gallery is an art museum on Trafalgar Square, London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.

    Daniil Andrianov · May 31, 2013
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  • Foranna J.

    Don't forget to see the virgin of the rocks by Leonardo Da Vinci

    Foranna Juliero · April 26, 2013
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  • Michelle X.

    don't miss Monet (the water lily pond) and Renoir (the skiff)

    Michelle Xin · August 9, 2011
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  • Rob O.

    Mirrors in cafe a great way to people watch - shame tea is served in plastic cups

    Rob OCallaghan · March 21, 2010
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  • Lauren R.

    Stop off in the cafe - it's quite expensive though.

    Lauren Rubery · December 22, 2009
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  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Find work by Botticelli, da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Goya, Turner, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer…for starters! – Green Guide Editor

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  • Deborah Lynn R.

    Went on a trip with my son's primary school on the 24th of June. Enjoyed listening to the speaker talk about the masterpieces. I loved some of the Christian oil paintings & gift shop.

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  • Benjamin N.

    Van Gogh's chair so simple so grand

    Benjamin N · July 12, 2013
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  • Catarina

    Michael landy saints alive is a must see and change the way you want to know more on art

    Catarina · June 22, 2013
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  • Massimiliano S.

    Incredible, there are a lot of fantastic pic!

    Massimiliano Squiri · June 14, 2013
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  • Nick G.

    Undeniably the most beautiful tourist attraction in London! You should definitely visit it

    Nick Galanis · May 21, 2013
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  • Film 2.

    Try the cakes. They're great.

    Film 2240 · May 4, 2013
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  • Rafunzel F.

    No photographs allowed

    Rafunzel Foltz · March 29, 2013
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  • Federico C.

    Leonardo *.*

    Federico Catocci · September 4, 2012
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  • Daniel J.

    Check out Turner

    Daniel Joseph · May 2, 2012
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  • Morgans Hotel Group

    As the granddaddies of London's art institutions, the art is old and solemn. You are probably not. But both offer plenty of priceless classics Read more

    Morgans Hotel Group · April 2, 2012
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  • STA Travel U.S.

    Make sure to pick up a map on the way in as this place is MASSIVE!

    STA Travel U.S. · February 17, 2012
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  • Peter S.

    For Da Vinci exhibition, get there before 7.30am - it will save you time

    Peter Sigrist · November 25, 2011
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  • Maria B.

    Ренуар, Сислей, Ван Гог, Рембрандт и Да Винчи. Одним словом - бесконечность.

    Maria B. · December 16, 2012
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  • Pepe Z.

    Llamadme cursi, pero si hay un día especial para ver uno de mis cuadros preferidos, es hoy

    Pepe Zapata · February 14, 2013
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  • Juan S.

    no te pierdas "Los Girasoles" de Van Gogh, están aquí ;)

    Juan Seguí · February 16
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