200 years and counting!

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200 years and counting! 🎉

A year of celebration starts now

Today begins a spectacular year of activities, special displays, events and exhibitions to mark two centuries of connecting people with the world’s greatest paintings. Kicking off with a light-show extravaganza on Trafalgar Square and drop-in activities throughout the weekend – here’s how to join in the start of our festivities.

© The National Gallery, London

Big Birthday Light Show

Witness our iconic building lit up with breathtaking projections depicting the biggest moments from the Gallery’s history. From 9pm and on repeat, tonight and tomorrow.

Big Birthday Family Creative Sessions

Family weekend

Drop into the Gallery over the weekend for free creative sessions for the family.

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May
From 11am 

National Treasures

Now open:
National Treasures

Explore the nation’s most treasured artworks in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.

The last Caravaggio

Join the celebrations

Enjoy unlimited access to iconic art in our Bicentenary year, including a once-in-a-century exhibition on Van Gogh. Plus, save 20% in the shop until 19 May with our special birthday discount and take home a limited-edition Members’ pin on your next visit.


Thank you to everyone who donated to our Bicentenary. Your support is helping us enrich lives with art, across the nation and the world. If you would still like to give, please donate here.

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The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
General enquiries: [email protected]

National Treasures is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation. Digital Experience is powered by Bloomberg Connects

Image credit(s):© The National Gallery, London

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