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National Gallery, London

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#2 of 3,640 in Museums in United Kingdom
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National Gallery houses one of the world's best collections of western European art. You can find larger collections at other galleries, but the roughly 2,300 paintings here comprehensively cover major art movements from the 13th to the 19th centuries. You'll encounter numerous important works, such as Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and Constable's The Haywain. Take a floor plan as soon as you enter the gallery, and consider picking up a free audio guide that explains the significance of the works you'll see. A handful of different themes are available, including the Collection Tour, which provides commentary on more than 1,000 works, and a 60-minute tour of the highlights. The British public owns the art in the permanent exhibit, so admission is free. Temporary exhibits, however, have fees. The gallery also offers three venues for food and drink. Plan to see National Gallery and other attractions that appeal to you using our London holiday maker app.
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  • We spent an hour in the National Gallery which is nowhere near enough time to even scratch the surface. However we did get to wonder at some amazing art and it’s quite breath taking to be stood in... 
    We spent an hour in the National Gallery which is nowhere near enough time to even scratch the surface. However we did get to wonder at some amazing art and it’s quite breath taking to be stood in...  more »
  • Every time I go to National Gallery I gel like the quality of the experience is worse and worse. The art is interesting and you can definitely find artwork to suit your preferences. However the... 
    Every time I go to National Gallery I gel like the quality of the experience is worse and worse. The art is interesting and you can definitely find artwork to suit your preferences. However the...  more »
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  • It always takes my breath away. I love to go in and find my favourite paintings even if I have only got 45 minutes! The joy that this treasured building is free to enter makes it possible to do this - and makes me so proud. I used to go straight for the museums…. Till the first time I went in! I was stunned by the depth of Turner’s paintings and the sheer size of some….. and the way they glow. Pictures cannot do it justice. Always try and make time for the gift shop. Look up at the ceilings…. Look down at the floors. Magnificent.
  • This art museum is beautiful, the building and the paintings are great. The gallery is free to visit! They could easily charge £1 or £2 per person entrance fee for maintaining this property and it’s collections. Anyway, thanks to the British government for being so generous! I would surly recommend this place for any art lovers.

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