National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Admission: Free
Free Entry
Wheelchair Access
Late Opening
Good for Kids
Recommended
Has Temporary Exhibitions
Has Permanent Collection
 

Opening Times

Monday: 1000 - 1800
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 2100
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed 1 January and 24-26 December.
Opening times and days may vary please check their program and schedule.
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Tube : Charing Cross (Northern line and Bakerloo line), Embankment (Disctrict & Circle line)

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

Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom. It is the fifth most visited art museum in the world, after the Musée du Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and Tate Modern.

Unlike comparable museums in continental Europe, the National Gallery was not formed by nationalising an existing royal or princely art collection. It came into being when the British government bought 38 paintings from the heirs of John Julius Angerstein, an insurance broker and patron of the arts, in 1824. After that initial purchase the Gallery was shaped mainly by its early directors, notably Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, and by private donations, which comprise two thirds of the collection.

The resulting collection is small in size, compared with many European national galleries, but encyclopaedic in scope; most major developments in Western painting "from Giotto to Cézanne" are represented with important works.

The present building, the third to house the National Gallery, was designed by William Wilkins from 1832–8. Only the façade onto Trafalgar Square remains essentially unchanged from this time, as the building has been expanded piecemeal throughout its history.

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France
1839 - 1899

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Andrea Mantegna
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1431 - 1506

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Anthony Van Dyck
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1599 - 1641

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Auguste Renoir
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France
1841 - 1919

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Spain
1617 - 1682

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Canaletto
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Italy
1697 - 1768

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Caravaggio
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Claude Monet
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France
1840 - 1926

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Spain
1599 - 1660

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El Greco
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Spain
1541 - 1614

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Eugène Delacroix
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France
1798 - 1863

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1406 - 1469

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Fra Angelico
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Italy
1395 - 1455

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Fra Bartolomeo
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Italy
1472 - 1517

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François Boucher
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France
1703 - 1770

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Georges Seurat
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France
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Giovanni Bellini
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Italy
1430 - 1516

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Gustave Moreau
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France
1826 - 1898

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Hans Holbein the Younger
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Germany
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Netherlands
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Jean-Honoré Fragonard
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France
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Johannes Vermeer
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Netherlands
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Leonardo da Vinci
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Italy
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Paul Cézanne
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France
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Peter Paul Rubens
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Netherlands
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Italy
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Italy
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Rembrandt
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Netherlands
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Sandro Botticelli
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Italy
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Italy
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Past exhibitions at National Gallery - now closed:
Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting 30th Apr 2014 - 21st Sep 2014
Colour 18th Jun 2014 - 7th Sep 2014
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art 17th Feb 2016 - 22nd May 2016
Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 9th Oct 2013 - 12th Jan 2014
Michael Landy: Saints Alive 23rd May 2013 - 24th Nov 2013
Rembrandt: the Final Years 15th Oct 2014 - 18th Jan 2015
Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance 19th Feb 2014 - 11th May 2014
Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice 19th Mar 2014 - 15th Jun 2014
Visions of Paradise: Botticini's Palmieri Altarpiece 4th Nov 2015 - 28th Mar 2016