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National Gallery

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An art gallery in London housing the largest collection of paintings in Britain, and one of the finest collections in the world. It was opened in 1824 in Pall Mall, but moved to its present premises in Trafalgar Square in 1838. A spacious extension, the Sainsbury Wing, designed by Robert Venturi, opened in 1991 to house the early Renaissance pictures. The first phase of a major redevelopment scheme opened in 2004 with the addition of two new entrances to the gallery. The Sir Paul Getty Entrance takes visitors into an atrium and through to the newly refurbished Central Hall via a grand staircase. The second planned phase of the project includes knocking down the two dividing walls which were a later addition in the Portico Entrance Hall.

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