National Gallery

The National Gallery, London
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The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

With free access to over 2,300 paintings from altarpieces to the Impressionists, there's something for everyone at the National Gallery.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Open daily 10.00-18.00, Fri 10.00-21.00

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

The National Gallery holds regular events given or interpreted in British Sign Language (BSL).
On the last Saturday of every month the ‘Art Through Words’ programme for blind and partially sighted visitors examines one painting in the collection in detail.

The National Gallery’s permanent collection spans the period from about 1250 to 1900 and consists of Western European paintings.

Collection details

Fine Art, Personalities, Religion, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • 'The Wilton Diptych'
  • Jan van Eyck 'The Arnolfini Portrait'
  • Paolo Uccello 'The Battle of San Romano'
  • Piero della Francesca 'The Baptism of Christ'
  • Sandro Botticelli 'Venus and Mars'
  • Leonardo da Vinci 'The Virgin of the Rocks'
  • Michelangelo 'The Entombment'
  • Giovanni Bellini 'The Doge Leonardo Loredan'
  • Raphael 'The Madonna of the Pinks'
  • Jan Gossaert 'The Adoration of the Kings'
  • Titian 'Bacchus and Ariadne'
  • Hans Holbein the Younger 'The Ambassadors'
  • Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 'The Supper at Emmaus'
  • Peter Paul Rubens 'Samson and Delilah'
  • Anthony Van Dyck, 'Equestrian Portrait of Charles I'
  • Rembrandt 'Self Portrait at the Age of 34'
  • Claude 'Seaport with the Embarkation of Saint Ursula'
  • Diego Velázquez 'The Rokeby Venus'
  • Johannes Vermeer 'A Young Woman standing at a Virginal'
  • Canaletto 'The Stonemason's Yard'
  • Thomas Gainsborough 'Mr and Mrs Andrews'
  • George Stubbs 'Whistlejacket'
  • François-Hubert Drouais 'Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame'
  • John Constable, 'The Hay Wain'
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner 'The Fighting Temeraire'
  • Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres 'Madame Moitessier'
  • Claude-Oscar Monet 'Bathers at La Grenouillère'
  • Georges Seurat 'Bathers at Asnières'
  • Vincent Van Gogh 'Sunflowers'
  • Paul Cezanne, 'Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses)'
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
mantegna, bellini

Mantegna and Bellini

  • 1 May 2018 — 27 January 2019 *on now

Comprising major loans of paintings, drawings, and sculpture, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ compares the work of two pre-eminent artists who also happened to be related by marriage.


take one picture

Take One Picture

  • 9 May — 12 August 2018 *on now

From studies in portraiture and printmaking to flag designs and depictions of voyages, the exhibition celebrates the work of children from 27 schools across the UK.

Their creative responses reflect the richness of Homer's epic story of Odysseus and Penelope, which children discovered in Pintoricchio's painting.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children



Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

  • 11 June — 7 October 2018 *on now

A self-taught artist from Bolton in England, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was the greatest American landscape artist of his generation.


From £8


Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire

  • 11 June — 7 October 2018 *on now

Ed Ruscha (1937–) has shaped the way we see the American landscape over the span of his influential six-decade career. Elegant, highly distilled, and often humorous, Ruscha’s work conveys a unique brand of visual American zen.


lorenzo lotto

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

  • 5 November 2018 — 10 February 2019

Celebrated as one of the greatest portraitists of the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo Lotto uniquely portrayed a cross section of middle-class sitters, among them clerics, merchants, and humanists.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Stories of art: 1800–1925

  • 30 May — 4 July 2018 *on now

Sessions are structured around key themes such as faith, artists’ materials, society, and stories.


£150/£125 conc./ £100 Members and Patrons


arnolfini portrait

How to draw: Hands

  • 23 June 2018 11am-4pm

For centuries artists have found hands challenging to draw. This workshop gives you the opportunity to try for yourself and learn tips, while considering how artists have used hands to tell stories and convey emotions.


£40/£38 conc./£36 Members and Patrons



Slow art: Folding and unfolding space: Duccio's Annunciation

  • 2 July 2018 2-4pm

Join Marc Woodhead to look intensely at Duccio's Annunciation as we consider the work's original meaning and explore our response to the painting.


£28/£27 conc./£25 Members & Patrons


How to draw: Feet

  • 14 July 2018 11am-4pm

Artist John Close will help you create your own drawings, based on a mixture of direct observation, personal interpretation, and invention.


£40/£38 conc./£36 Members & Patrons



A mindful look: Botticelli

  • 19 July 2018 2-3:30pm

Christina Bradstreet will use mindfulness techniques to guide you in looking at and discussing his paintings.


£16/£14 conc./£12 Members & Patrons


janina ramirez

Janina Ramirez in conversation

  • 20 July 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Together they consider the evolution of the Italian and Northern Renaissances.


£16/£15 conc./£14 Members & Patrons



The forensic eye: Titian and Veronese

  • 21 July 2018 1:30-4:30pm

Learn to identify artists’ styles by examining their brushwork with expert Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe.


£48/£45 conc./£40 Members



The storms of time: Art, landscape, and civilisation

  • 23 — 25 July 2018

Over the course of three days, you will learn through lectures, Gallery tours, discussion-based teaching, slow-looking, and group conversations about the topical relevance of these paintings for us today.


£180/£165 conc./£145 Members & Patrons



Art and yoga day retreat

  • 4 August 2018 11am-4pm

At this day retreat, Mel Sutton will guide you in introductory-level yoga stretching and Christina Bradstreet will use mindfulness techniques to guide you in looking at and discussing paintings in small groups.


£55/£50 conc./£48 Members & Patrons



Picture of the month club: Rousseau's Surprised!

  • 7 August 2018 12:45-1:45pm

Introductory level. Please bring a packed lunch.


£7/£6 conc./£5 Members & Patrons



How to draw: Cityscapes

  • 11 August 2018 11am-4pm

Experiment with drawing techniques including the use of line, tone, texture, and scale, as well as the principles of composition.


£40/£38 conc./£36 Members & Patrons


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Take One Picture

Take One Picture
Each year the National Gallery's Take One Picture scheme focuses on a painting from the Collection to inspire cross-curricular work in primary classrooms.
Paintings can be used for work in literacy, numeracy, ICT, science, history, art and design, craft, design and technology, and PSHEE and citizenship.
Each year the Gallery displays a selection of schools' work in the Take One Picture exhibition.

How to obtain

Please telephone 020 7747 2844 or email for dates and availability.

Magic Carpet Storytelling on Sundays

Fly away on the magic carpet at The National Gallery as it comes to land in front of a different painting each Sunday. Enjoy stories that tie in with creative workshops happening on the same day, suitable for children under 5 years old. Come along at 10.30-11.00 or 11.30-12.00 to the Education Centre.

How to obtain

Booking is not necessary but places are limited and allocated on arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Email for further details.

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