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Your Visit to The National Gallery

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The current location and building of The National Gallery is the third to house the National Gallery and was designed in 1832 to 1838. Only the façade onto Trafalgar Square remains essentially unchanged from this time, as the building has been expanded piecemeal throughout its history.

The building of The National Gallery was often criticised for the perceived weaknesses of its design and for its lack of space. The lack of space led to the establishment of the Tate Gallery for British art in 1897. The Sainsbury Wing extension, is a notable example of Postmodernist architecture in Britain.

Below are some details that may help you in planning your visit to the The National Gallery.

Essential Facts:

  • Museum:                       The National Gallery
  • City:                                London
  • Location:                       Trafalgar Square, London
  • Public transit access:
    • Underground Station: Charing Cross
  • Website:              


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