The National Gallery in London houses one of the greatest collections of Western European paintings in the world.
Museums are free to enter and don't need to be pre-booked, but they do get busy. We recommend visiting early, ideally around opening time.
Founded in 1824, the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square houses a rich collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900 The collection belongs to the British public and entry to the main collection is free, although there are charges for entry to special exhibitions.
Some of the Gallery's best-loved works include...
In 2004, the National Gallery secured Raphael's The Madonna of the Pinks for £22m after the Duke of Northumberland decided to sell it. The gallery had around 18 months to raise the funds after the government put a temporary export bar on the painting in January 2003 to "provide a last chance" to raise the cash needed to keep it in the country. The money was eventually collected by the Heritage Lottery fund and contributions from members of the public. [BBC News]
The National Gallery Opening Hours:
Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 10.00am - 9.00pm
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
General Admission is free, but some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge.
All photos Copyright © 2002 The National Gallery, London
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