Private lectures

"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding,” said Leonardo di Vinci

Exhibition-related private lectures

Are you interested in discovering more about current exhibitions at the National Gallery? Would you like to know more about the artists, periods, and themes of our exhibitions before you visit?

Enhance your experience of our exhibitions with a private lecture in our conference suite. Explore key works and deepen your knowledge of the main themes of our exhibitions with a bespoke private introductory lecture given by one of our lecturers

Private art history lectures

Are there areas of our collection that fire your curiosity? We offer private lectures on a wide number of themes relating to our collection. Contact us to find out more.

Suggested themes:

  • The National Gallery: History and Collection
  • Renaissance Art
  • Baroque to Rococo
  • British Art at the National Gallery
  • Impressionism
  • The Development of Portraiture
  • Landscape Painting
  • Narrative Paintings
  • Religious Art
  • Making Paintings
  • Symbolism
  • Women in Art.

How to book

To arrange a private lecture, please complete the form below and email it to We will reply as soon as possible to confirm your booking.

 Private Tours and Lectures Booking Form [Microsoft Word 60kb – opens in a new window]

Private lectures can be booked for groups of up to 75 people and last one hour.

Bookings can only be taken at least one month in advance of your visit date. Lectures can take place Monday to Friday during our normal opening hours. We do not provide private lectures when the Gallery is closed or on weekends.

Private lectures cost £300 per lecture, payable in advance.