If you are looking to get out of the house this weekend and see some art, The National Gallery in London is the place to be. The gallery has opened on July 8th. In line with social distancing rules, there is a new way of making your visit.
In order to maintain the safety of visitors, admission numbers have been reduced, one way systems have been introduced and hand sanitiser stations have been installed. Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings. The gallery staff is also wearing PPE.
The entry to the gallery remains free, but you now need to book a ticket in order to gain entrance. You can do so here. In order to maintain social distancing, there will be three routes which visitors can follow.
Route A consists of a collection of paintings by artists including Botticelli, van Eyck, Leonardo, Memling, Michelangelo, Raphael, Piero and Uccello. Route B includes works by Caravaggio, Rubens, Velazquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet, Seurat, Turner and Van Gogh. On Route C you can see the likes of Bronzino, Canaletto, Gainsborough, Holbein, Hogarth, Monet, Seurat, Turner and Van Gogh.
The National Gallery will be open to the public daily from 11 am to 4 pm and on Fridays until 9 pm.