The National Gallery2013
By Amelia Meyer
Founded in 1824 and home to over 2 300 paintings, the National Gallery is a globally-acclaimed tourist attraction and national treasure, situated in London. The paintings that are exhibited throughout this must-see are from all over Western Europe, and date back from the 1200's to the 1800's, providing a broad perspective of art and, through such art, culture and heritage. The National Gallery is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and is recognised as an exempt charity. Because 1) entry to the gallery is free, 2) it is open almost all year round, and 3) its collection belongs officially to the public, it plays an integral role in appealing to young and old, regardless of nationality, financial means or status.