History of National Gallery
National Gallery has a long history dating back to the llate 18th century. To initially start a public gallery, the first 38 paintings' collection came from John Julius Angerstein that were publicly displayed in Angerstein House. The collection of paintings was growing quickly and the need for a new gallery arouse. In 1832, William Wilkins designed the gallery but because of people's criticism in 1869, E.M. Barry modified the design by adding seven new exhibition rooms including the inspiring dome. In the 1870s, the gallery received two paintings' collection by famous Dutch and British artists and to house them, the building had to be made larger. Many paintings were moved out to a new gallery called the Tate Museum of British Art. In 1985, a new wing was added to this gallery to show the entire early Renaissance collection and it was opened in 1991 for public.
Things to Do at National Gallery
- Free educational lectures & seminars
- Free public guided tours
- Live music concerts
- National cafe & dining room
Tickets and Entry
Entry to the gallery is free of cost but if you want to attend special exhibitions, you have to buy tickets. The prices of tickets are different depending upon the exhibition which you want to attend.
The National Gallery opens from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm daily and from 10:00 am till 9:00 pm on Friday. The gallery remains closed on 1st January and 24-26 December.
Contact National Gallery
In order to find information about woks in the collection at National Gallery, you can call, fax and e-mail them on the information listed below:
Contact: +44 20 7747 2885
Fax: +44 20 7747 2423
How to Join National Gallery
The National Gallery provides matchless opportunities to corporate members and sponsors. If you are a member of National Gallery, you can access the collections and all major exhibitions. Corporate members of National Gallery can enjoy other benefits including grand dinners, parties, stylish Canapé receptions, key annual conferences and discounts on merchandises. If you want to be a member, then please visit this link.
Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom.
How to Get There National Gallery
Charing Cross is the nearest tube station to the National Gallery and is 0.1 mile away which is 2 minutes walk away. On leaving the tube station, head in the northwest direction on Northumberland Ave. From there, at the roundabout, take the second exit on Trafalgar Square. Then take the first left turn to reach another left turn and then turn right to find the National Gallery in front of you. Directions from Charing Cross Tube Station to National Gallery.
Trafalgar Square (Stop C) is the closest bus stop to the National Gallery and by walk, this 292 ft distance can be covered in one minute. When you exit from the bus stop, move in the north direction and then turn right to spot the National Gallery in front of you. Directions from Trafalgar Square (Stop C) to National Gallery.