Treasure Galore at the National Gallery, London

Founded in 1824, the National Gallery houses national collection of art between 13th and the 19th centuries, predominantly in the Western European tradition. Located in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London, the museum houses a collection of paintings over 2,300 in numbers.  The collection though not too big, is encyclopedic in nature. The collection is on show 361 days a year and open to public. The National Gallery is one of the many museums in London without entrance fees!

Entrance to National Gallery

Entrance to National Gallery in London

A Brief History

The British government brought the museum into being in 1824 by purchasing 38 paintings from the inheritors of John Julius Angerstein, an insurance broker and patron of arts. The early directors of the museum and some private donators helped the museum’s collection grow big. Though the resulting collection is small in comparison with most other national museums, it aptly represents most of the major developments in Western painting ‘from Giotto to Cezanne’. The gallery’s aim is to study and care the collection and at the same time support the widest possible access to the pictures on hand.

Many reasons to visit

The nearest stations are Charing Cross and Leicester Square; Piccadilly Circus and Embankment are also nearby. The National Gallery located at Central London is easily accessible by bus, bike, and by car. It is a thrilling experience to reach this place by the nearest pier at Embankment.

The gallery is open every day between 10 am and 6 pm and on Fridays between 10 am and 9 pm.  With opportunities for family workshops, talks and draws, the museum offers fun for all age groups. Every painting in the museum tells its own story, the talks, tours and guides online help you learn more about these pictures. It is a great place to take a time-out, an escape from the city!

Meet your friends at the Espresso Bar; brunch, tea or dinner at the National Café and the National Dining Room at the gallery building. Apart from these, you can purchase cards, gifts and photos of paintings as souvenirs at the gallery’s shop. And, regular concerts at the gallery are a great way to enjoy live music.

A dome from the National Gallery

A dome in the National Gallery

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