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The History of the National Gallery in London

The story of the National Gallery (National Art Gallery – National Art Museum) started in 1824. At that time the House of Commons spent £57000 to buy 38 collected pictures from John Julius Angerstein. This is a huge amount. But there were some issues that need correction.

Then a few years later, there was a long discussion about the gallery location. There were different ideas. Finally, in 1831 Parliament provided a budget for constructing a building for the Gallery at Trafalgar Square. Though it took much time, that was done. Seven years later, in 1838, the site-building was open admission free to the public. At last, the public was free to visit this place. Now you can visit it today!


This Museum is an attraction point for a large audience. People come here to amuse themselves and learn about history. The Museum warmly welcomes the teenager, families, and adults. From NGV teenagers get customised programs only. But these programs link the youth with artwork and artists. There’s no point to miss it.

At the national gallery, you can find over 2300 of the best European artworks from 1260 up to 1900. The Gallery also is known as the National Art Museum. It’s one of the most iconic places to visit in London. NGV presents a work of art more than any other gallery in London. When it comes to well-known world galleries, the London Gallery name is dazzling.


The National Gallery Must-see List

Here a list of talks, lectures, and guided tours is waiting for you. From these lists, you’ll know the computerised lighting that adjusts the intensity of the daylight outside to see the artwork correctly. These facilities are for those who want to get new ideas. These things will make life easier for you.

The followings are just a few of the significant must-see attractions at the gallery.

Bacchus and Ariadne | Titian Le Chapeau de Paille | Rubens
Rokeby Venus | Velazquez Sunflowers | Van Gogh
Stonemason’s Yard | Canaletto The Madonna of the Pinks | Raphael
The Water-Lily Pond | Monet The Entombment | Michelangelo
The Ambassadors | Hans Holbein The Hay Wain | Constable
Venus and Mars | Botticelli Wheatfield With Cypresses | Van Gogh
Wilton Diptych | Anon


The gallery composed of a range of top and high-quality artworks. From the Early time up to the 19 century. On the other hand, the National Gallery of Art offers you a bit of extra for visitors that set it apart from the rest of the world.

Is National Art Gallery free?

You can enter freely in the Gallery. Also, some of the exhibitions are free. But there are some charges for loan exhibitions. Here, you can enjoy, as much as possible.

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Can you take pictures in the National Gallery?

In the National Gallery, there are some places where legally you can take pictures with your mobile phone. But you can’t take the pictures for commercial purposes. So, the visitors have the responsibility to make sure not to violate copyright law. But, there are still some exceptions, and when you see the ‘No Photography’ sign.

What sets the Museum Apart from other Art Galleries?

When new visitors come to the Art Gallery he becomes surprised. Do You know why? Because he doesn’t have any idea where to go. But the audio guides help every visitor accurately.

There are different art galleries. Each gallery represents a different art. So, you will find different artistic pictures to entertain your kids too. Such as the canvas oil painting “Look Mickey” is a perfect example. But there are lots of other oil paintings also which can delight everyone.

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You have a wide selection of talks, events, lectures, to workshops for young people taking place throughout the year.  Another fantastic thing is as it is free. There are no long queues, and there is more than one entrance.

You can enjoy browsing through the museum’s shop for gifts or relaxation at the café. Also, you can walk in the courtyard, and it is accessible for wheelchairs as well.

 What are you thinking? Are you planning to visit the National Gallery of art? If yes, then within a few you can view the primary collection of art.

But, you can always split your visit to the London National Art Museum into two days.

National gallery exhibitions 2019

There is always some exhibition taking place at the art museum like celebrating the Prado, the large-scale wall painting of Bridget Riley, the Messengers to creative sessions and more.

You can even take part in a wide selection of courses from community leader workshops to studies of art. The National Gallery opens every day from 10 am to 6 pm and Fridays it remains open until 9 pm. From November 9th, 2019 to January 12th, 2020 the ground floor Gallery turns into a painting studio. This exhibition will lead you towards the mind and thoughts of Leonardo da Vinci to look into his masterwork. Do you know that Light and shadow affect Leonardo’s masterpiece? How do you know how it works? Simple, there is a room-sized experiment. Which will teach you the whole process.


  • Young Bomberg and the Old Masters working title from 27 November 2019 to the 1st of March 2020
  • Gauguin Portraits from October 7th, 2019 to  26th of January 2020 Sainsbury Wing Admission charge

National Gallery Museum Opening Times and entrance admission

  • Every day: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-9pm
  • Closing commences at 5. 55 pm as well as 8. 55 pm
  • Closed Days:1 January as well as 24-26 December


Bag size and dimension policy

For security and safety, the Gallery features a bag size policy in place. The bag size, which is allowed in the gallery building, is 45 by 25 by 25 cm. Especially, the group visitors, are advised not to bring luggage to the National Gallery museum. But this is for their safety. The more space is there the more healthy environment is! For example, cabin bags as well as suitcases. Also, they allow the baby buggies or big bags in the gallery if they contain medical needs. But, they might inspect your items at the entrance. So, you should care about the matter of luggage!

  • Coat: £2
  • Bag:  £2

What items are not allowed?

  • Folding Bicycles
  • Adult Scooters
  • Any extra-large objects

The members do not need to pay, and the use of the service is free for them. National Gallery Membership’s annual price is £50. Members get free entry for all exhibitions for a year. In short, members enjoy lots of benefits.

Which tube station is closest to the National Gallery?

London UndergroundThe following underground stations are the nearest to the Gallery

  • Charing Cross
  • Leicester Square
  • Embankment. (Please note these stations do not have a lift.) of england museum
Red Buses London

Also, you can get to the National Gallery by the following bus routes that stop at Trafalgar Square:
176, 139, 91, 87, 24, 23, 15, 13, 11, 9, 6, and 3



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National Gallery, Museum Address

Address: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. Use the “Plan my Journey” App to show how to get to the gallery. It shows all the available transportation such as Public Transport, Cycling, and Walking. This will help you a lot. You’ll enjoy using it.