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Welcome to the Gallery

Make the most of your visit to the Nation's Gallery.

Choose your art routes

From medieval altarpieces to Impressionist masterpieces, download the art route map to help plan your journey through the Gallery.

Explore the collection

Search the collection on our website or download Smartify to scan paintings on your phone for more information.

Take photos

Feel free to take photos for personal, non-commercial use, unless a sign says you shouldn't. Find out more.

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Explore the collection on your phone or tablet
Scan paintings with your phone or tablet to explore the collection on your personal device.
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Making the most of your visit


From prints to postcards and cushions to the Companion Guide, complete your Gallery experience with a visit to one of our gift shops, at the start and end of your visit.

Eat and drink

Light refreshments are available from the Espresso Bar.

Safety and hygiene

These are some of the measures we have maintained for your safety and the safety of our staff.

A contactless experience

We are the same Gallery but with a reduced capacity, art routes to guide you, and a contactless experience.

Face coverings

Our staff will be wearing face coverings for their safety and the safety of our visitors, and we encourage you to do the same.

NHS Test and Trace

In line with government guidance, we encourage you to register your visit with NHS Test and Trace upon arrival by scanning the QR code or by giving your details to a member of staff.

Increased cleaning

The frequency of our cleaning throughout the Gallery has been increased, including toilets and other facilities.

Hand sanitiser stations

Hand sanitiser will be available, at regular intervals, for you to use.

If you're feeling unwell

If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

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Visiting guidelines

To help us keep the Gallery a safe and enjoyable place for everyone, please follow the guidelines below by:

  • Being considerate towards others
  • Not touching the paintings or other exhibits, and not crossing the barriers
  • Consuming food and drink in designated areas only i.e. not in rooms that contain paintings
  • Following our no smoking (includes vaping) policy in any part of the building
  • Following our ‘no photography’ policy in exhibitions where a sign is displayed
  • Sit only on the seating provided; our Gallery assistants can help you find the nearest seating

For more information read our Admissions Policy.