Trafalgar Square’s National Gallery started out as a modest collection of 38 paintings bought by the British Government. Nowadays it hosts over 2,300 paintings dating as far back as the mid-13th century and is the fifth most-visited art gallery in the entire world.
To make the most out of the gallery get one of the child-friendly audio tours or printed trails. Family workshops and drawing sessions are available for 5-11-year-olds at 11 am and 2 pm on Sundays. They’re FREE and you don’t have to book. Be warned though – places are allocated on a first come first served basis so make sure you get there early. Kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The gallery is divided chronologically, so you can survey the development of art over time and search out your favourite artists. Notable pieces kids may recognise include Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Monet’s The Water Lily Pond.
The National Gallery will have your kids loving paintings, so be prepared to stop them using the walls at home as their new canvas!
Families are encouraged to visit, with the Pigott Education Centre a base for facilities such as baby-changing and family events.