Blind and partially sighted visitors
We offer a range of facilities and events for blind and partially sighted visitors, to help you get more from the paintings.
We provide Braille information. There are also large print versions of the floorplan for partially sighted visitors.
You can order these in advance for collection on the day. Phone: 020 7747 2885.
Descriptive Folders are available at the Portico Information Desk and can be made available at other desks on request, prior to, or during visits. These are free to use, but must be returned.
Each folder focuses on two paintings including descriptive text and interpretation in either large print (featuring photographic reproductions of close-up sections of the painting) or Braille (including tactile images).
The paintings featured include:
- John Constable, The Hay Wain, 1821, and Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers, 1888
- Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors, 1533, and Paolo Veronese, The Family of Darius before Alexander, 1565-7
- Titian, The Death of Actaeon, 1559-75, and Willem Kalf, Still Life with Drinking Horn, 1653
We run exciting verbal description sessions on the paintings for blind and partially sighted visitors. See what's on and book a place:
The collection of paintings is on level 2 of the building and entrance is free for everyone. Assistance dogs are welcome
Exhibitions are held in the Sainsbury Wing on Level −2 and in various rooms in the main building. We provide:
- Audio guides for temporary exhibitions and the collection
- Water for assistance dogs
- Large-print information (black on white) about each painting
- You can order large print information about the paintings in advance, for collection on the day.
Phone: 020 7747 2885
- Tactile line diagrams and Braille interpretation of paintings
Explore the National Gallery with Jacqueline Wilson
Living Paintings’s ‘Touch to See: Painting Stories’ thermoform and audio book, for 7–11 years, takes a tour of selected works in the National Gallery. Narrated by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, the book also includes a trip behind-the-scenes with Gallery staff.
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