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.

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.

Looking for more ways to beat the crowds?

As a Members you will receive notification of our exhibition Private Views, where you can enjoy the exhibitions at your leisure, after hours.

We will also notify Members when you can come to our early morning Private Views (normally at 8:30am) on selected days.

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.

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. 

Got 60 minutes?

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.

Daily guided tours

Enjoy an introduction to the Gallery and explore some of the highlights in our collection in our free daily guided tours of the National Gallery, which take place every weekday at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

The tours start from the Sainsbury Wing and last for 60mins.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks. Please see our events webpage for more details.

Got 10 minutes?

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.

10-minute talks

Enjoy a quick insight into a different painting every weekday, held Mondays – Fridays at 4pm.

Please see our events webpage for more details.

Be part of the story

Join today and enjoy free entry to exhibitions, exclusive Members' events, exhibition preview days, special offers, and more.