Organisation Definitions

The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The collection contains over 2,300 works, representing all major traditions of Western European painting from late medieval to the French Impressionists. With a commitment to free admission and a central location in Trafalgar Square, London, the Gallery ensures its collection can be enjoyed by as many visitors as possible.


The National Gallery Company’s purpose is to generate income for The National Gallery, through producing a range of commercial publications, products and services designed to both enhance the experience of visitors to the Gallery and extend the reach beyond the Gallery. Owned by the National Gallery Trust, every purchase in the shops and restaurants generates valuable revenue for the Gallery ensuring that future generations are able to enjoy the paintings as we do today. There are three shops in the National Gallery, London as well as the online shop www.nationalgallery.co.uk.