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30 Highlight Paintings

The National Gallery houses one of the finest collections of paintings in the world. Explore this selection of 30 of the highlights, which includes some of the Gallery's best-loved works.

Guided tours

The Gallery holds daily tours, led by Gallery lecturers, these 60-minute tours stop off at some of the Gallery's most definitive works, providing a general overview of the collection.

Daily guided tours take place every Monday to Friday at 2pm and last around an hour. Please see the events webpage for more details.

Talks and Conversations

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks. 

We also hold 'Talk and Draw' workshops where you can discover the collection from a new perspective with free creative sessions led by artists, poets and National Gallery lecturers.

You can find out more information on these types of events by clicking here.

When is the best time to visit the Gallery?

The Gallery is least busy on weekdays between 10am and 4pm. Another great time to visit is on Friday evenings when the Gallery is open until 9pm.

When is the best time to visit an exhibition?

We advise Members, where possible, to visit on a weekday rather than weekends.

The first two weeks, and final two weeks of an exhibition can be very busy, therefore it is advisable to visit the exhibition a few weeks after opening.

Please note Members can take advantage of the Members' Preview Days. The Gallery opens the exhibition to Members only before opening to the general public. Visit our webpage for dates and timings.

As a Member you do not need to book for the Members' Preview Days, just turn up with your Membership card.

How can you speed up entry to exhibitions?

You can skip the queue at the ticketing desk by booking your free Members’ ticket for exhibitions in advance.

Log in to your Membership account at nationalgallery.org.uk/membership using your email address and password and follow the links to tickets.

Select the 'Print at home' option and bring your tickets with you on the day.

When you arrive, go straight to the exhibition entrance.

Looking for more ways to beat the crowds?

As a Member you will receive notification of our Members Hours, where you can enjoy the exhibitions at your leisure, outside of standard Gallery opening hours. Please visit our events page to find out about upcoming Members Hours.

Save on National Gallery events, talks, courses, and workshops

Members, of the National Gallery, can take advantage of discounted National Gallery courses, talks, discussions and workshops.

To see what's on and book your discounted tickets, please see our What's on webpage.

Save in the National Gallery restaurants and cafés

All Members, of the National Gallery, can enjoy 10% off their total bill* in the National Dining Rooms, National Café, and Espresso Bar.

To redeem this offer please show your Membership card to staff.

You can call 020 7747 2525 to make a table reservation.

*Please note that the discount does not apply to alcoholic beverages. 

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