The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square (map) in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.
Its collection belongs to the government on behalf of the British public, and entry to the main collection is free of charge. The collection is smaller than many European national galleries, but encyclopaedic in scope; most major developments in Western painting “from Giotto to Cézanne”.
It holds European paintings by masters like Sandro Botticelli, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, J. M. W. Turner, and Vincent van Gogh. Book your ticket in advance to guarantee entry. Free exhibitions are included with Gallery entry.