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The National Gallery
The National Gallery

The National Gallery

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Sights and Museums, Art Museum, Art Gallery, Popular
Ranked #11 in London things to do
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Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7747 2885
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk
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The National Gallery is a world famous art gallery in London, England. Its location on Trafalgar Square only increases its already tremendous draw. The gallery did not spring from a royal collection, ... Read more
as is the case with many European national galleries, but rather began when the British government purchased works from private collectors to display for public consumption. The museum is widely recognized as having one of the most comprehensive and outstanding collections of Western painting in the world. It is difficult to pick out highlights from such an impressive catalogue, but readers of this description may recognize Jan van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Marriage, Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Ambassadors, and Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

Really cool portraits. Went with my family some time ago. Good to visit, but not a tragedy if you don’t make it.

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Sacramento, California, USA

If you like art you will love this place, there is rooms and rooms of paintings

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Read Leicester Square review for details as it's mentioned (if you haven't read it, I don't write this stuff for my own entertainment!). Walk through to the haunting picture of the Execution of Lady Jane Grey (painted in Paris in 1830). From their the main national collection is at your feet well about 10% of it anyway, rest is in storage as there isn't the room.

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Local from London, UK

Not usually my cup of tea, but surprisingly compelling curation. Still the crowds are unmanageable and the dosuns are sort of evil compared to the National Gallery, much less the British Museum.

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New Haven

This is a great collection of some of the finest art and portraits. It's free and a must especially good on a rainy day.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

A great place to visit when in London. It is easy to spend all day here and still not see it all.

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Montreal

I must admit I have only been to the bathrooms, but it has a lot of great stuff.

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Tempe, Arizona, USA

One of my favorite places in London that j always hit when there. The agnus soon is free and had art of really good. Lots of variety and lots of really good pieces.

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Sydney, Australia

The National Gallery is full of wonderful art masterpieces. A must see for all art lovers.

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Local from Mero, Dominica

A fantastc gallery- go toTrafalgar square at the heart of London to take in the atmosphere and then visit the National gallery whilst there.

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New Delhi, India

one of the classic museums in london always with something on. wonderful place to spend a few hours. some of their special exhibits like the current inventing impression one is lovely. if you don't want to shell out money, the rest of the museum is amazingly free! Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and many many more greats all available for your viewing pleasure.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I've explored the National Gallery several times and haven't come close to seeing everything. Will try and see a little more this trip. The collections are awe inspiring with such variety that if a particular style or period bores you, there's something else that will catch your eye in the room next door.

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Local from London, UK

In my opinion, it is not as nice as other museums in London. Entrance free so you can go there anytime you want but I didn't find anything special I liked at this place. Also there are too many people.

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Abergavenny, UK

A huge collection of famous paintings that are some of the most recognised in the world. I always have the feeling that I recognise almost every other painting when I come here, and it wouldn't be surprising if I actually did! Many very famous artists have a painting held here. I also find it amazing that there are no barriers protecting many of the paintings, which gives a nice sort of trusted feeling, as if they can trust us so we can fully get a proper feel for the painting (even though this has had consequences of course).

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Bedford

This museam is free to enter and has a fantastic collection of world famous works.

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Reading, UK

One of the great art collections in the world, largely assembled from gifts in lieu of tax from the aristocracy. Worth spreading a visit over a couple of days as there is too much to see in one go.

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Klang, Malaysia

Wow, fantastic to see the paintings! So beautiful and wonderful to see the British King and Queen's paintings.Great arts let my heart ,,,

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New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Unexpectedly, I found this wonderful art museum/gallery! I just wanted to go to the Trafalgar Square because my tour guide told me that the Trafalgar Square is one of the most visited public space in London, so of course, I wanted to check it out by myself! Yes, it was a very lively yet relaxing place to hang out. There were so many people sitting, passing by, and taking pictures, but the vibe of the people was not only exciting and curious but also very relaxing. Some people were just sitting on the steps chatting, some by the fountain eating lunch, and some leading against the sculptures while soaking in the warm sun.

Back to the gallery, I was curious as to what the building in front of the square was, so I walked up the stairs and saw the sign that said "National Gallery." I remembered learning in my art history class that the British has an enormous and diverse collection of various art pieces all throughout the world. I was thrilled to encounter this gallery and strolled through the building with the various art work.

I was very surprised by the collection because I'm by New York and always thought that the Met museum and other galleries had great collections, but after going through this gallery, I realized that this place holds a totally different set of art work and gives me a new perspective of different cultures!

I was very impressed by their collections and the layout of the building! Very organized and well-constructed.

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Houston, Texas, USA

We got lost trying to get there, and then proceeded to get lost within the museum as well. Stunning classical art, but we'll opt for the shock and awe campaigns waged at the Tate over classics, anyday.

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Busan, South Korea

Beautiful gallery with a wonderful array of works! Including that of Van Gough! I went in only because I had time to kill, but I was really thankful that I did. It is a thoroughly well organised gallery with very relevant and interesting information to accompany each painting.

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