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About us

We are home to the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

Our paintings are on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

What we do

Bringing people and paintings together

Our objectives are to care for the collection, to enhance it for future generations, and to study it. We aim to be a resource on art for the whole world, to inspire present and future generations.

Learn about our Constitution

Our paintings

The National Gallery, London is home to one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. These pictures belong to the public and they are free for all to see.

See some of our highlight paintings


Learn about our Director and Board of Trustees, and see our policies, financial statements, and plans for the future.

Read about our Governance

NG200 Our Bicentenary

On 10 May 2024, we come together and start our celebration of the National Gallery’s Bicentenary - 200 years of bringing people and paintings together.

For the entire year, we'll celebrate our past and look forward to our future with a year-long festival of art, creativity and imagination which sets the tone for our third century.  

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Celebrating our history

Explore the history of the National Gallery – from the origins of the collection to the present day

Read about our history

Looking forward

Read about our plans for the future in the National Gallery Strategic Plan 2021-2026. 

Find out what we have planned for our NG200 celebrations

Building towards our Bicentenary

We are completing an initial phase of works to our Trafalgar Square buildings, to improve the ‘welcome’ we provide to our visitors.

Find out more about the building project

Join us from 10 May 2024 as we celebrate our Bicentenary - 200 years of bringing people and paintings together