The Joy of Museums

Exploring Museums, Art & Historic Sites

The National Gallery, London

National Gallery London 2013 March

The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery is an art museum founded in 1824, and it’s collection consists of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It is among the most visited art museums in the world. Most of the significant developments in Western painting “from Giotto to Cézanne” are represented at the National Gallery.

The National Gallery building was designed in the 1830’s, and its façade facing Trafalgar Square remains virtually unchanged. The overall building complex has been expanded incrementally throughout its history. The original building’s lack of space led to the establishment of the Tate Gallery for British art in 1897. The Sainsbury Wing, an extension to the west is a notable example of British Postmodernist architecture.

Masterpieces of The National Gallery

The National Gallery

The National Gallery, London

  • Museum:              The National Gallery, London
  • City:                      London
  • Established:         1824
  • Location:               Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom

The National Gallery, London Map

The National Gallery, London Views


“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” English Proverb


Photo Credit: By Morio (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons