London's Major Art Galleries
Many With Free Admission
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London has a great variety of world class museums and galleries. Many of of the major galleries have free admission though you are heavily leant on for voluntary donations.
There are often special exhibitions at these venues which have an admission charges.
The big, free galleries are the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern that attract the generalist tourist who would not usually enter an art gallery.
If you are really into Art, then pick up a copy of Time Out in London that will have the latest listings of what's going on and being shown in a long list of venues you could not hope to cover on a site like this.
FREE Art Galleries In London
National Gallery - Trafalgar Square
The National Gallery, London, houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. The National Gallery houses more than 2000 European paintings from the 13th century to 1900. The National Gallery itself is a landmark building occupying the north side of Trafalgar Square.
National Portrait Gallery - Trafalgar Square
Next door to the National Gallery, The Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous British men and women. Explore 120,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day.
Tate Britain - Near Westminster
Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day. Tate Britain holds the greatest collection of British art in the world, including works by Blake, Constable, Epstein, Gainsborough, Gilbert and George, Hatoum, Hirst, Hockney, Hodgkin, Hogarth, Moore, Rossetti, Sickert, Spencer, Stubbs and Turner.
The gallery faces the River Thames, about 10 minutes walk from Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.
Tate Modern - Southwark
The Tate Modern is the UK's premier museum of Modern Art. Tate Modern displays the Tate collection of international modern art from 1900 to the present day, including major works by Dalí, Picasso, Matisse, Rothko and Warhol as well as contemporary work by artists such as Dorothy Cross, Gilbert & George and Susan Hiller.
The gallery is beside the River Thames housed in an old power station, besides Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and opposite St Paul's Cathedral which is connected by a footbridge across the River Thames.
The Wallace Collection - Off Oxford Street
T25 galleries of unsurpassed displays of French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury. Displays the works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace.
The gallery is situated away from most of the cultural art galleries and museums just off Oxford Street, the main shopping street in London.
Serpentine Gallery - Kensington Gardens
Galleries for modern and contemporary art showcases work by the finest contemporary artists working across a huge variety of media. In the grounds of the Gallery is a permanent work by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to the Serpentines former Patron Diana, Princess of Wales
The gallery is relatively unknown and is housed in the southern part of Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park.
Art Galleries In London With Admission Charges
Royal Academy of Arts - Piccadilly
Bit of everything. Remit reads 'to promote the arts of design, that is: to present a broad range of visual art to the widest possible audience; to stimulate debate, understanding and creation through education; and to provide a focus for the interests of artists and art-lovers"
Dali Exhibition - County Hall
Permanent collection of Dali's works in the former County Hall building, next to Westminster Bridge and the London Eye.
The permanent exhibition houses the largest collection of Dalí sculpture in the world as well as rare graphics, jewellery, furniture and watercolours.
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - The Mall off Trafalgar Square
The sometimes 'naughty boy' of the galleries. Conceived in 1947 by a group of artists and patrons i as a "laboratory" or "playground" for contemporary arts. It continues to challenge traditional notions and boundaries of art forms.
Housed at the north eastern corner of St James Park, just around the corner from the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.
Saatchi Gallery - Sloane Square
Modern gallery of contemporary art, privately managed by the Saatchi brothers, who made millions out of advertising. Presents work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.
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Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Buses
An alternative to the classic guided coach tours are the HOHO (hop on, hop off) buses.
During your visit to London, one of the recurring sights are the hop on, hop off tour buses.
Especially in the summer months there seems to be one coming along every couple of minutes, each jam packed with visitors.
These buses offer comprehensive coverage covering nearly all the main sights in London.
In addition to the bus tour a river cruise and free walking tours are part of the deal.
Tickets last for 24 hour periods.