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The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.
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This is a fabulous public museum and entry is free. This is great for tourists but even more special for those of us that can visit more frequently. It provides the opportunity to see different exhibits and special displays as well as the various works of art that the National Gallery has in it's archives. You can't really appreciate much of the art and what it means to you until you are able to revisit them, and also to take advantage of the guided tours that the museum offers which provide insight into what goes into the production of many of the paintings. Although it's easy to appreciate the talent of the artists, It always amazes me just how complicated and sophisticated the composition and productions are. I usually include an overview on the facilities, and like the art, what the National Gallery provides if first class: first class handicap access to everything that I am aware of; bathroom facilities that are accessible, clean, well maintained, with facilities for families and handicap as well as the usual genders; restaurants and cafe's that could stand on their own as well as embedded in a facility; book stores, gift stores, painting reproductions in a variety of mediums, sizes; and literally everything the gallery owns has been digitized in high resolution and available for free download from their website. Highly recommended, especially if you can visit frequently. You will never get tired of seeing their wonderful collection of art, experts, special exhibits and tours.
One of the best collections all over the world. Really impressed with what they have as permanent (I really love impressionism, and they have quite a few top ones). I miss more Spanish paintings, but even like that, they have some. You probably gonna need more than one day to really enjoy the art there (overall, for let your mind assimilate all the beauty, all the context, the history behind...). Better to spend a little on an audio guide. Or if you have the opportunity, even better to enjoy a guide tour with probably someone who not only knows what is talking about but also brings all the passion on what's doing. You can feel the difference and is quite a immersive and unforgettable experience. Don't forget there's always temporal exhibitions you must not miss. In my last visit (every time I go to London I go to the National Gallery) it was a nice one about Degas. Let yourself get lost on this labyrinth of fine art. Not going to regret!
Great place to visit. It's wonderful seeing the paintings with lots of colour. Normally you see lots of paintings in old houses (National Trust houses mainly) and they have such subdued colours they are had to make out. But the paintings here look freshly painted in comparison. An afternoon well spent.
Great collection! Although after two hours my legs started aching. At the end, after four hours, we only saw half of the collection and the famous pieces. I think at least two day is needed to see everything.
Superb collection of artwork covering several centuries. Loved the Impressionists. ..and it's free! Very well laid out and signposted. You can't view all the paintings in one go as it's so huge. Suggest you visit this gallery in instalments and enjoy each visit. There are regular concerts. Gallery restaurant, cafe and expresso bar if you feel peckish or in need of caffeine
A fabulous Gallery!! I only intended to spend 2 hours looking around here, but I was there until closing time. I have to say the artists and the paintings Completely captured my emotions and I would definitely go back and back again. A beautiful building, with toilet facilities for people with a disability's. The downside was just as we got in, they immediately told us to put £10 each in the contribution box, we were going to contribute anyway, but we thought it was a voluntary contribution!! I would recommend it, but don't take demands of money from anyone working there in the entry!
Even if you don't like art , you should visit this place at least once. You will enjoy it more than you think. It has a great selection of paintings, you will recognise a lot of them because you have seen them in movies, TV shows or seen works derived from them in other places. My only regret was that they don't let you take any pictures but I can understand their rationale. Many of the paintings, I was told, are on a loan to the gallery from their owners, and the gallery must respect the owners' wishes to not have them photographed. Another treat is to watch artists standing there copying some of the great paintings and marvel at their talent as they are really good themselves. Definitely worth an afternoon or more. Easily accessible as it's right on Trafalgar Square.
Great paintings, amazing gift shop, free of charge. Atmosphere as well as staff working is welcoming. Information plate next to the painting provides sufficient information for anyone to enjoy a little background of the painting. Also, the Gallery changes some of the exhibition pieces pretty often so there is fresh content to enjoy. Definitely an amazing place to visit during your trip to London, however I would not recommend visiting with a small child as they will most likely get impatient due to the plethora of pieces.
One of the best museums I have ever been in. The pieces of art I have seen here, will never leave my mind. The building itself is gorgeous and the way the gallery's are arranged, are nice to look at. I did not really expect to find van Gogh here, but I was pleased nonetheless. But because of the fact that the building is quite big, you can find yourself lost pretty easily. Buying a map comes in pretty handy and it is a small price to pay, as you don't have to pay an entrance fee. All in all is this a must see for anyone planning to visit London.
Absolutely loved it. It is free entry, and I was astonished to see the paintings in real life that I'd only seen online for so long. There are many beautiful, classical, worldly famous works here, truly a gallery of master painters. It was bigger than expected, definitely could've spent more time in there. The staff were also really nice, helpful, and chatty as a bonus.
Busy but great gallery just off Trafalgar Square. I wasn't keen on the staff just inside the entrance pressuring for donations before you'd even got in the door - I understand the importance of the public donations, but would appreciate walking around first before I donate. As a first time visitor it's slightly off putting. Anyway, it's easy to spend a couple of hours wandering round here, and they have some really spectacular work. A few well known pieces too. Worth a visit if you're in the area and have some free time.
Trafalgar square is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the city. Located near the national library, this place is always bustling with tourists. I walked to the square as part of my on-foot London visit and had lunch in one of the restaurants nearby. The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. It holds over 170 million items from many countries.... we visited this place and National Library in May,2012....
Absolutely amazing. It's a very well curated and maintained gallery. Entry is free and the information desk is useful for first time visitors. It's great to see some of the most iconic paintings of all time. I loved it and I think it should definitely be in schedule especially for the art lovers. There is a cafe as well to chill and take a break. It's super close to Covent garden and Leicester square.
The gallery is spectacular, its free exhibitions and ease of access is of great importance. But I cannot tolerate any more rude and discriminating attitude from staff members. I’ve loved this gallery and London’s numerous others for as long as I have lived here. So to hear my mum upset after a day out with a friend from one of London’s most loved icons is heartbreaking. There was a misunderstanding regarding the gallery’s map and the donation box placed next to it. One of the staff chased my mother down, from the beginning with an attitude, rude, a one way talk. So when my mum decided to explain and pointed out as to why she had to have an attitude rather than just explaining things in plain manner, the staff told her to “leave it” and walked off. “Leave it” my mum was told to her face, “leave it”.
What a magnificent place! There are so many wonderful paintings here. They've got a lot of Matisse, Van Gogh, Monet, and Manet paintings, so if you're into any of those, you'll definitely enjoy your visit. We weren't able to see all their exhibits, but the ones we did see were great. If you're visiting during summer, you'll be happy to know that they keep the place nice and cool, too. A nice retreat during the heatwave. The shops also have a lot of art supplies, so if you end up feeling inspired by your visit, they have everything you need.
Whatever your taste in art, you're sure to find something here which suits your "palette". Home to over 2,000 paintings, you can flit from room to room at your own leisure. Aside from the main Gallery (which incidentally is free entry), there is also the Sainsbury Wing which is where they normally hold large exhibitions and talks. I visited the Monet & Architecture exhibition here recently. There's also a shop where you can buy books on the Artists and Exhibitions, a refreshment area and plenty of seating around and about. Allocate a good part of a full day if you want to see it all!
This place always delivers. I have been coming here over thirty years, absolutely love it. Endless rooms of iconic art, there is something for everyone. I often bring overseas visitors here. It also has a well stocked shop and a restaurant, which had a great selection of food available. But for my trip ends with a cheeky slice of one of their delicious cakes and Earl Grey tea. If you love art definitely worth a visit, allow time, and enjoy exploring. I went to see the Monet exhibition, it fed my artist pallet.
It's interesting if you enjoy art. It's hard to tell many artists apart because it's all the same style. You have to really explore properly and spend all day to find the really interesting stuff. For a free attraction however it's great! A very educational look at the past. Keep an open mind and you'll enjoy yourself.
Amazing, fantastic, incredible! Unfortunately, due to my very busy schedule in London this time, I only got about two hours for a visit, which is absolutely nothing if you wish to explore this gem of a museum to the fullest. At least one full day should be planned - the territory is vast, the collection is extremely versatile; so I think that even the un-artiest crowd would be able to find something of interest. My personal favourites are the Dutch flower artists in room 17A and the painting called "Cognoscenti in a Room hung with Pictures" - its incredible details are like nothing I have ever seen before.