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    NATIONAL GALLERY

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    National Gallery

    Trafalgar Square (Trafalgar Square)

    London

    (44) 020-7747-2885 | www.nationalgallery.org.uk

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    • ATTRACTION

      European Masterpieces
    • HOURS/TIMES

      Mon.-Thurs.: 10:00am-6:00pm; Fri.: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sat.-Sun.: 10:00am-6:00pm
    • PRICE (GENERAL ADMISSION)

      Free; Tours and Audio Tours: Adults: GBP 3.50, Concessions: GBP 3; Special exhibit prices vary
    • POPULAR TIMES

      Weekends; school holidays
    • RESERVE IN ADVANCE

      Yes - for special exhibitions
    • WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATION

      None
    • HIGHLIGHTS

      Free Friday concerts; special exhibitions
    • ALLOW

      1-5 hours
    • TUBE

      Charing Cross; Piccadilly Circus; Leicester Square
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    VIBE

    With collections on par with the Louvre and Uffizi (the gallery houses works by Botticelli, Leonardo, Rembrandt, Turner, and Van Gogh), the National Gallery is unquestionably a heavy-hitter on the classic European art scene. Taking in their mammoth collection of paintings from the 13th-19th centuries can seem daunting, but they have a fantastic range of tours, from easy audio do-it-yourself tours to kid-friendly, tailor-made, and "highlights" options, making it much more manageable. They also run special exhibitions, weekly film screenings, a lunchtime lecture series, and free concerts on Friday evenings.

    GO HERE WITH

    Art buffs; family; kids; friends; a date

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    Free, fantastic art–can’t get much better than that, though they seem to be trying with their excellent tour selection and event offerings. Since you can come in and out as you please, we recommend popping in for a quick look around or tour whenever you’re in the neighborhood rather than trying to tackle it all in one go.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The special exhibitions are super crowded and the number of school groups touring on weekday mornings is downright overwhelming.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Besides the art, the café and restaurant selection on site is worthwhile, and the gift shop is one of the best in town–all well worth checking out. If you’re traveling with kids, look into their weekend family events and their kid-friendly tour options. Also, if you’re planning to attend one of their special exhibitions, definitely book tickets in advance– they sell out fast. No cameras are permitted in the museum.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    National Portrait Gallery (London); The British Museum (London); Tate Modern (London); Victoria and Albert Museum (London); Louvre (Paris); Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)


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