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Families

There's lots here to do as a family – here’s our guide to everything you need to know about making a visit

Entrances

The Pigott Education Centre

The Pigott Education Centre is a level entrance located to the rear of the National Gallery on Orange Street. The Centre has baby change facilities, accessible toilets, lifts and a cloakroom.

The cloakroom is available for family use during weekends, half-terms and holidays – during term time the cloakroom is available for school groups only. Prams may be left in the cloakroom – the Gallery accepts no responsibility for items left in cloakrooms and other spaces.

For reasons of security and safety, baby buggies and over-size bags for use in nursing and baby care may be searched on entering the Gallery.

Find out more about our bag size policy

The Pigott Education Centre Foyer is also the meeting place for most of our regular family events (unless stated otherwise – see individual events for details).

Getty and Sainsbury Wing entrances

The Getty and Sainsbury Wing entrances have level access.

View the floorplan

Facilities

Eating and drinking

Families are welcome to bring packed lunches. During the holidays and on weekends, there is a lunch room for families on the second floor of the Pigott Education Centre, where there is also a sink, bins and a nearby water fountain.

The National Dining Rooms is the Gallery’s restaurant in the Sainsbury Wing and the National Café is by the Getty Entrance. Both offer highchairs and children’s menus. The Café includes a ‘grab-and-go’ area for quick snacks and sandwiches including a children’s offer. There is also an Espresso Bar on Level 0 below the Portico entrance which serves cakes, snacks, sandwiches and drinks.

Find out more about eating and drinking at the Gallery

Changing and seating

Baby-feeding and breast-feeding are allowed anywhere in the National Gallery. A family room with seating and baby changing facilities is also located on Level 1 of the Sainsbury Wing by the lifts.

Stools are available by request at all Information Desks and are subject to availability. Benches can also be found throughout the Gallery.

Shopping

The Sainsbury Wing and Getty shops have an excellent range of children’s books. The Getty shop has a broader range of merchandise, from books to small ‘pick n’ mix’ items.

Find out more about shopping at the Gallery

Best times to visit

The Gallery is at its quietest at opening time, particularly at weekends. Lots of schools visit during the day (usually in the morning) and many tourists and families visit over half-terms and holidays. Expect the Gallery to be busy and keep your eyes on each other.

See our opening times 

Photography

Please read our Visitor Photography statement.

Mobile phones

Talking on mobile phones in the Gallery detracts from enjoying your time together. For the courtesy of your family and other visitors, please do not use your mobile phone in the Gallery.

Touching and barriers

Please remind your group that touching paintings is not allowed. Sometimes very young children toddle under the barriers – keep your eyes on each other to stay safe. 

Tell us what you think

We like to know what we can do better. General comments forms can be found at all Information Desks and special family feedback forms can be found in the Pigott Education Centre or completed online.

You could even draw us what you think! We also like email:
education@ng-london.org.uk