In 1824, the British government purchased a collection of almost 40 paintings from a London banker and decided to display these paintings to the public. The gallery itself was opened in May 1824 and was originally located inside the 100 Pall Mall building. Unfortunately, this building was far too small for a large number of people who wanted to check out this amazing collection of paintings, therefore the construction of a new building started in 1832 in Charing Cross.
Audio Guides and Tours
There are a number of tours and audio guides that help visitors explore the collection at the National Gallery in London. Covering around 80 of the most important works, the Essential Audio Tour is available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean language. The audio guide is free for guests who have a London Pass.