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National Gallery, London

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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National Gallery houses one of the world's best collections of western European art. You can find larger collections at other galleries, but the roughly 2,300 paintings here comprehensively cover major art movements from the 13th to the 19th centuries. You'll encounter numerous important works, such as Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and Constable's The Haywain. Take a floor plan as soon as you enter the gallery, and consider picking up a free audio guide that explains the significance of the works you'll see. A handful of different themes are available, including the Collection Tour, which provides commentary on more than 1,000 works, and a 60-minute tour of the highlights. The British public owns the art in the permanent exhibit, so admission is free. Temporary exhibits, however, have fees. The gallery also offers three venues for food and drink. A visit to National Gallery represents just the start of the adventure when you use our London vacation trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Incredible artwork, superbly displayed. Too huge to review in a day, or even a week. There are 2 buildings, and large book and gift shop. Incredible view of London, including the London Eye, from rest...  read more »
  • Certain exhibitions have fee entry but a substantial part of the gallery is available free. Which is good. The slight bad is that it's massive. Absolutely massive. So we tend to drop in for the odd 45...  read more »
  • Exhibition you can't miss, Master of all time , colours and melancholic!!! Warth to pay the price , and you should see Heronimus Bosch collection and spend all day just ... smell and sniff the colours...  read more »
  • I live here in London. On free days I sometimes head down to the National Gallery. Yes there are tons of people. Yes they are mostly tourists. But they for the most part stay out of your way. One of the biggest reasons I go here is actually because there are so many people. When I am surrounded by people I don't know, I feel strangely comfortable and alone. It relaxes me. My favorite rooms are the horse room and the impressionist rooms. I don't remember their numbers. The art here is amazing, some of the best in the world, and there's so much of it. you can spend days exploring it. The audio tours are great, although the little snippets of info next to each painting is usually enough if you are speeding through. Staff is nice and accomodating, and not too mean if you get too close. Overall a great tourist or visiting place, I love it.
  • I'm not into art, and I was dragged to go by the girlfriend, but I thought it was amazing. They have some of the most famous pieces of art in the world, including some of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous work. Best of all it's free, and there are no armed guards, no bullet proof glass, just a small rope like you get a nightclub - that is it. You could touch the paintings if you really wanted to. You are that close. AMAZING.
  • It's awesome that it is free entry to this beautiful collection of paintings. Realized that most, if not all, of the early 13th to 15th century paintings are about Christianity. Most of the rooms look quite similar and it is quite easy to get lost. Luckily the staff are easy to locate and are very friendly.
  • One of the best painting museums I've ever been in. It is very big, very tidy, with signs leading you easily thru the different ages. I particularly liked the 19th and 20th century with a lot of paintings of Cezanne, Turner, Van Gogh, Seurat, etc.
  • The National Gallery is home to Picasso's Sunflowers, and Turner/Constable works of art. The main displays and static are free to view. Allow plenty of time when your visit, and pick-up a map. I got lost a few times. Staff members, tour guides, and volunteers make the venue more welcoming, and informative. Don't be afraid to ask questions!
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