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“Beautiful buildings with beautiful art”
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National Gallery
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Small-Group Guided Tour of the National Gallery...
Ranked #1 of 1,794 things to do in London
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 1, 2013

What an honour to see so many beautiful historical pieces of art in an incredible building in exchange for a suggested donation of £4.00 per person.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Like other museums in the area, the National is free, so whiling away an hour or 2 is easy. Whether you escaping the rain, heat or crowds look out for free guided tours. The excellent interactive planning stations in the coffee shop./basement allow you to easily find any particular painting or artist.
Stand back and enjoy.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

There are so many wonderful museums in London - and this is a favorite. With over 2300 historically significant paintings on display, the National Gallery could well feel overwhelming - but instead is a beautiful museum, well designed, and easy to enjoy.

That having been said, it is a large museum and a huge collection - so a bit of planning is helpful. The website, nationalgallery.org.uk, is extremely helpful. One of the sections on the website is titled "Plan Your Visit". In this section, you will find "Ten Reasons to Visit", "30 Must See Paintings", and "Latest Acquisitions" - which highlights 2013 acquired paintings. Additionally, the brochures at the museum provide similar information and include gallery room numbers - making the paintings easy to find. While I do have favorite artists and periods - I always, in any museum, want to know what they consider to be their most important paintings and I like see what they have considered important enough to recently acquire. There are artists here that aren't often seen - including Caravaggio, as well as artists whose work is more well known - Monet. Van Gogh, Renoir, and Michelangelo. It is a special place and you feel that from the moment you walk up the steps to the entrance portico and enter the magnificent building.

As is the case with many museums, the café at the National Gallery could be improved. Food options are limited, service is extremely slow and cumbersome, and there is little seating for such a large museum. If you'd like a relaxing break during your visit, the café will not provide that. Then, again, you're there to see a museum and not to eat - but the National Gallery might follow the lead of many other museums that are upgrading dining options and give some attention to the café.

Whether you have one hour or five hours, any time at the National Gallery is time well spent.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

I spent a whole Saturday afternoon in this place with some friends and it was fascinating, to be frank. There is so much artwork and paintings to marvel at, all beautifully presented with rather friendly staff. Entry is free , so you cant ask for much more.This is quite an epic journey if you are fond of Art. Go and discover!!

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I visited the "Vermeer and Music" exhibit as well as "Saints Alive" and was very pleased with both offerings. This is a wonderful museum, and a must-see for any art lover visiting London. Great gift shops and cafeteria as well, the latter with excellent free WiFi.

1  Thank Lynn S
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