Newest Review: ... The underground floors are quite small and has temporary exhibits and a theater. Of the above-ground floors there is only one fully u... more
National Gallery (London)
Member Name: Misterlak
National Gallery (London)
Advantages: easy accessible public transport, not too busy, no entrance fee
Disadvantages: only paintings . . .
During my vacation in London, I visited several museums. One was the National Gallery, a museum with only paintings displayed. I came here right on my first day in London.
The National Gallery is on Trafalgar Square in London. The museum is located a short distance from Charing Cross Underground station, in fact you just have to cross the square. In addition, several buses are stopping on or near Trafalgar Square. In the vicinity of the museum are several parking garages. But it is advisable to use public transport, because that is much simpler and cheaper.
The National Gallery is as mentioned on the Trafalgar Square. On this square are many entertainers who display their tricks. The square itself is large, but the museum is even larger. It is an impressively wide building that was built in the period 1832-1838. You enter by a monumental staircase. It consists of three floors above ground and 2 underground. The underground floors are quite small and has temporary exhibits and a theater. Of the above-ground floors there is only one fully used for the paintings. But this level is so great that I lost much of the afternoon and had not yet had seen it all.
National Gallery Exhibitions
The National Gallery's collection includes paintings from the 13th to the 20th century. Besides the exhibition of works from the collection, there are always temporary exhibitions. Sometimes you can buy a separate ticket for, and sometimes they are free. The paintings are listed by date and theme and provide a clear description.
I like paintings by Dutch masters and Impressionists often the best. But there are also paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Velázquez Diego and many others. A disadvantage is that there are only paintings. This will eventually become a bit dull.
You can also use an audio guide to learn more about the paintings. You have to pay £ 3.50 for using it.
The National Gallery is easy to do for the disabled. The museum is accessible for wheelchairs, but also for hearing and visually impaired. It is possible to follow a tour with an interpreter and special sessions for the visually impaired.
There are sufficient toilets and they were clean.
Food, drinks and shopping
It is not allowed to eat and drink in the museum itself, but there are several possibilities to make a purchase and consume. There is a coffee bar and a restaurant. I have not used these opportunities. The museum has several shops. There is a special store with a wide range of art related books and another shop selling the usual tourist things.
Bag and jackets
You can take your stuff inside, but you can also hand to the wardrobe. I'm not sure if you have to pay for, because I have not used it.
There is abundant and staff is friendly and helpful.
The National Gallery, like many other museums, free. Again, it is appreciated if you put a donation of at least £ 3 per person. But this is voluntary. For temporary exhibitions, sometimes you have to pay.
The National Gallery is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday until 21:00. The museum is closed on Christmas day and the day before Christmas and New Year's Day. For more information please refer to the website for the museum.
The National Gallery has a website where you can find all sorts of practical information. The website is www. Nationalgallery.org.uk..
The National Gallery is an interesting museum. There are paintings from many periods and they are in a pleasant manner exhibited. It is easily accessible by public transport and it is not as busy as for example the British Museum. Additionally you pay no entrance fee for the regular collection. A disadvantage is that it's only paintings. Eventually it is simply a bit boring even though they are beautiful and special.
Summary: national gallery London
More reviews in the field of Museum National
- Free family fun!
- When The Boat Comes In
- A great place to Loco on down too
- The Lady With The Lamp (Florence Nightingale Museum)
- Elementary My Dear Watson (Sherlock Holmes Museum)
- Lions, bears and Highland cows
- Edwards Heath's last gift to the public
- A fabulous Freebie Day Out for the family
- Behind the scenes of Harry Potter - Phenomenal
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
- Grey Point Fort (Northern Ireland)
- Birnham Arrts & Conference Centre
- Chesters Roman Fort and Museum (Hadrians Wall)
- Dinosaurland Fossil Museum (Dorset)
- Life and Death Pompeii and Herculaneum (London)
- Citibank Photography Prize (London)
- BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year (London)
- The Photographers' Gallery (London)
- Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis (London)
- I Am a Camera! (London)