Thursday, April 28, 2011

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of the finest collections in the world of Western European paintings from 1260 to 1920.

It has a large collection of over 2300 paintings (all paintings are shown, except for loans or repair) in 68 galleries and more than 4 million visitors are coming to see.

This is long time ago from the gallery was founded in 1824, since the Parliament gave £ 57,000 to purchase the first 38 paintings.

William Wilkins built the building in neoclassical style in 1838. The main addition to the Gallery is the Sainsbury Wing, built in 1985 and named after their benefactors Sainsbury family. The Dulwich Picture Gallery influenced the design, which was the first National Gallery of England.

Some of the most famous works from the collection are: The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci, The Hay Wain by Constable, The Lily Pond by Monet and Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

The Gallery offers free guided tours, lectures and afternoon shows regular films and audiovisual artists and paintings planned.

There is also a self-service cafeteria, a restaurant and a shop full of features.

Access for disabled
The gallery has wheelchair access to the Sainsbury wing and Orange Street entrance and wheelchairs can be provided upon request.

There are costs for certain special exhibitions.
Opening Times
Thursday - Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 21:00
Address: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 2885
Nearest Underground (Tube) Station: Charing Cross/Leicester Square

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