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.
 Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, 'The Red Ballet Skirts', about 1900

Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell

  • 20 September 2017 — 7 May 2018 *on now

A rare opportunity to see stunning paintings, pastels, and drawings by leading French Impressionist Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

The Burrell Collection holds one of the greatest collections of Degas’s works in the world. Rarely seen in public, this exhibition marks the first time the group of 20 pastels has been shown outside of Scotland, since they were acquired.

One of the greatest artistic innovators of his age, Degas found new ways of depicting modern Parisian life; pursuing a vision distinct from that of his fellow Impressionists. He also relentlessly experimented with materials, particularly pastel that he came to prefer over oil paint.

Coinciding with the centenary of Degas’s death, and including complementary works from the National Gallery Collection, the exhibition offers unique insight into the practices and preoccupations of a complex and intensely private artist. Exhibition organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with the Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


John Everett Millais, 'Mariana', 1851

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

  • 2 October 2017 — 2 April 2018 *on now

Discover how van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait' was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style of painting.

Acquired by the National Gallery in 1842, the Arnolfini Portrait informed the Pre-Raphaelites’ belief in empirical observation, their ideas about draughtsmanship, colour and technique, and the ways in which objects in a picture could carry symbolic meaning.

The exhibition will bring together for the first time the 'Arnolfini Portrait' with paintings from the Tate collection and loans from other museums, to explore the ways in which Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829–1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827–1910), among others, were influenced by the painting in their work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Admission charge applies. Free for members.


murillo, self portrait

Murillo: The Self Portraits

  • 28 February — 21 May 2018 *on now

Marking the 400th anniversary of his birth, the exhibition reunites the two known ‘Self Portraits’ by the artist: one of Murillo in his thirties from the Frick Collection, New York (about 1650–5) and the other from the National Gallery Collection showing him about twenty years older.


Tacita Dean, Prisoner Pair

Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE

  • 15 March — 28 May 2018 *on now

Curated by Tacita Dean and guided by her own understanding of the genre, 'STILL LIFE' presents a diverse selection of works in a variety of mediums.

Works by the artist herself – including a new film diptych made especially for the exhibition, 'Ideas for Sculpture in a Setting', and 'Prisoner Pair' (2008, 16mm) – feature alongside works by Dean's contemporaries, including Thomas Demand, Roni Horn, and Wolfgang Tillmans, and paintings from the National Gallery Collection, such as Zurbarán’s Cup of Water and a Rose.

'STILL LIFE' examines the genre's legacy within the history of art and demonstrates the continued importance of the still life genre and the National Gallery Collection as sources of inspiration in contemporary art practice.

This exhibition is part of an unprecedented collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts, who are hosting related exhibitions, 'Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT' and 'Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE,' respectively.


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.
caravaggio, italian baroque, painting

Stores of Art: 1600-1700

  • 21 February — 28 March 2018 *on now

Including art by Rembrandt and Caravaggio.


£125 concessions
£100 Members


wales, art

Manod: The Nation’s Treasure Caves

  • 5 March — 8 April 2018 *on now

Twenty-four archival photographs documenting the removal of our paintings to Manod in Snowdonia, together with five photographs of the quarry as it appears today by Robin Friend, will be on display.


kenneth clark

Civilisations after Civilisation

  • 19 March 2018 1-1:45pm

How useful is the idea of civilisation in looking back over the history of human culture? What has been the fate of civilisation after 'Civilisation'?



The event of the season

  • 23 March 2018 6:30-8pm

Experts include National Gallery curator Christopher Riopelle, Keeper of Paintings at the Fitzwilliam Museum Jane Munro and Professor Emeritus at Reading University Anna Gruetzner Robins.


£9 concessions
£5 students
£8 Members



A mindful look: Rosa Bonheur's The Horse Fair

  • 5 April 2018 11am-12:30pm

Discuss the painting in group and relax using mindfulness techniques.


£15 concessions
£14 Members



Picture of the Month Club: Jozef Israels's Fishermen carrying a Drowned Man

  • 10 April 2018 12:45-1:45pm

No art knowledge needed, open to all.


£6 concessions
£5 Members



Mindfulness and drawing

  • 14 April 2018 2-4pm

This event is part of national Slow Art day.


£32 concessions
£30 Members


still life, apples

Still life revisited

  • 16 — 23 April 2018

Taking place over two weeks.


£36 concessions
£34 Members



The prince of instruments: the lute in art

  • 19 April 2018 11am-4pm

Listen to Renaissance and Baroque music and look at National Gallery paintings depicting lutes.


£42 concessions
£38 Members


michael rosen

Michael Rosen in conversation - Zola: Champion of the Impressionists

  • 20 April 2018 6:30-7:30pm

How is Zola champion Monet and the Impressionists?


£15 concessions
£14 Members


westminster, monet

Twilight walk: Monet and the Thames

  • 27 April 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Starting at Embankment, see some of Monet's key vantage points.


£28 concessions
£26 Members


castle, fortress

A mindful look: Bellotto's Fortress of Konigstein from the North

  • 3 May 2018 11am-12:30pm

Immerse yourself in the dramatic castle scene.


£15 concessions
£14 Members


ali smith

Ali Smith in conversation

  • 4 May 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Ali Smith is author of 'The Accidental' and 'How to be both'.


£15 concessions
£14 Members


sunflowers, van gogh

Picture of the Month Club: Van Gogh's Sunflowers

  • 8 May 2018 12:45-1:45pm

Everyone is welcome to contribute.


£6 concessions
£5 Members



Cities of light: Monet & Architecture

  • 19 May 2018 11am-4pm

Experts discuss Monet's use of light, steam, smog in paintings of Paris, Venice and London.


£30 concessions
£10 Students
£25 Members


trafalgar square

Monet's times of day: digital painting workshop

  • 26 May 2018 11am-4pm

Follow in Monet's footsteps and be inspired by light and smog of the city.


£42 concessions
£40 Members


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.

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.

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.

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