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National Gallery, London
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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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  • It is a museum staff! But if you have 3 hours (the maximum that I can stand) must be selected. The Impressionists, the Spanish painters and especially Turner are very well represented. Then have many pictures to see a "little more quickly". We liked it very much. We will return because we share with the temporary exhibition "Beyond Caravaggio" visit.
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  • I am pleased I had booked tickets as it was very busy as expected. The exhibition compared the paintings of his various followers and imitators with Caravaggio's, and it must be said, highlighted what...  more »
  • Great works of art can be enjoyed without paying entry and with the possibility to take pictures.
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  • This is a must on anyone's visit to London - a treasure trove of art with free admittance. The gallery houses so many historically important artworks it's overwhelming to take in on one visit. I suggest an audio tour to help guide through the key artwork - or go with a knowledgeable friend. Once you get used to the layout, it's easy to navigate, but on first visit it may feel like a maze. Pick up a map at the desk.
  • It's a must when visiting London: getting in is for free, for everyone. Some exhibitions (temporary ones) ask for a fee that varies depending on the artist and nature of the exhibition, but they're never too expensive. It's worth checking the web site before coming to know how much will you be spending and how long will you need to see everything you want to see. I'd subscribe to the mailing list if you're very much into art. You can buy tickets online but it's very easy to buy in person too - I'd say online saves you a queue so it's probably worth doing.
  • The building is beautiful, the paintings are stunning. I visited this museum several times and I still love it. Don't miss it if you are in the area. The surroundings are also beautiful. After admiring amazing artworks, there's nothing better than a walk from Trafalgar Square to the Parliament.
  • Beautiful art. Easy to navigate through the galleries based on artistic time period. And while there is a lot to see you can probably see everything within 2-3hrs.