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National Gallery Tour for Kids

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Tour Details
2 hours
Product Type
National Gallery
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  • Detailed explanation of stories that have inspired painters alongside interactive, family-friendly activities
  • Led by an art historian trained to work with children
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Tour Description
Retaining one of the greatest collections of western art in the world, the National Gallery is a wonderful repository of stories, from the magical to the everyday, from epic tales to biographies, and from the imaginary to the factual. Together, we'll dive into the world of these stories—as well as the stories behind the artists that made them—on this National Gallery for Families Tour, led by an art historian trained in visual learning strategies. Armed with art supplies and our imaginations, we'll not only learn some of the skills necessary to make masterworks like the ones on display, but we'll develop an appreciation for western art through the ages.

"She came prepared with tools/activities for the kids and clearly took time to think about how to engage them fully. It was amazing!"

National Gallery For Families Tour

On our journey, we will hear the legends of the Greek and Roman gods, including Mars, the god of war, and Venus, the goddess of love, as well as the fate of Ariadne, who was deserted on an island by her lover, Theseus, and later discovered by the god of wine, Bacchus. We will also see how artists interpreted the stories of the holy books and meet the Queen of Sheba on her journey to test the wisdom of King Solomon with gifts of gold. Or perhaps we will find out the secret of Samson's superhuman strength and discover who betrayed his secret.

Reading a Painting

As we explore, we will learn to decipher the signs and symbols that give us clues to the meaning of different paintings. For example, which saint always holds an arrow and why? Who is dressed in animal skins? Who holds a golden apple, and what does an hourglass symbolize? What does a dog, or a dove, or a horse represent in a painting?

Looking for more family-friendly museum tours in London? Try our Tower of London for Kids or British Museum for Kids Tours.

Interactive Activities

Throughout the walk, we'll also engage with the paintings through a series of interactive activities. Maybe we'll take out our pencils and decide to try our hands at sketching some of the paintings we see—inserting ourselves into the picture! Or, perhaps we'll take a closer look at painting; just how do they get so many colors and textures onto the canvas? Either way, we'll walk away with a deepened appreciation for the craft of some of Europe's masters—and a few new artistic skills.

Take Aways

Over the course of this walk, we will learn how artists over the centuries have translated the great literary and oral narratives from words to paint as we hear and see these stories. The west has a rich culture of storytelling that has inspired countless retellings, and together with our expert we will discover these tales on our journey around the National Gallery.


Where do we meet? Where does it end?
The walk begins and ends inside the museum. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.

Do we need tickets to go inside the National Gallery?
No, the gallery is free to the public, however donations are appreciated. There are donation boxes at all main entrances to the gallery.

Is this tour good for kids?
Absolutely yes! This tour was designed by our museum educators and experts to be fun and interactive. Feel free to provide us with information about your children such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible expert.

Is this walk accessible to wheelchair users?
Yes, the gallery is fully accessible.
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Philippa was an excellent storyteller...our 11-year old and 9-year old were mesmerized! Frankly, my husband and I were too :) Our 5-year old was not quite as engaged. But that is not a complaint about Philippa at all. He doesn't like museums much and given the age range of our kids, it was difficult for him to follow along when the older boys knew more, particularly some of the Greek mythological figures. In the future, we will certainly book another tour with Context...we learned so much more than we could have on our own or with an audio guide. Fantastic!!
Eowyn Kerr is a remarkably educated,extremely enthusiastic about art and history ,pleasant ,flexible,kind, great with kids individual. I can not thank her enough for her time and knowledge. She was extremely good with kids and if i knew before i booked other city/museum tours in London i would definitely try to book more time with her... Thank you so much,Eowyn!
Sarah really engaged the kids and they will always remember their visit to The National Gallery because of her. She took time with the kids and engaged them and tied things together. It was like having a private teacher!