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Why study Art History in London

Studying Art History in London allows students to access a variety of museums, libraries and galleries such as the world-renowned British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, British Library, National Gallery and Tate Galleries. This makes London the most inspiring location to study the subject and the Northeastern University London Art History BA makes use of these locations during class time. Best of all, all of the museums and galleries listed are free to visit, although some exhibitions may have additional charges.


Notable London museums and galleries include:

In Central London

National Portrait Gallery, Charing Cross – the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, including Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I.

National Gallery, Charing Cross – the home of works by Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir.

Wallace Collection, between Bond St and Baker St – Eighteenth and Nineteenth century art collections.


In South West London

Natural History Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington – known for its Life and Earth Galleries, wildlife garden and geological collections.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington – a record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe.

V&A, Exhibition Road, South Kensington – the world’s leading museum of art and design.

Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens – hosts world-renowned exhibitions of art, architecture and design.

Tate Britain, Pimlico – the home of British art from 1500 to this day

Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea – known for its collections of photojournalism, pop art and contemporary paintings.


In South London

Hayward Gallery, South Bank – co-manages the Arts Council Collection, which is the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world.

Tate Modern, South Bank – known for international modern and contemporary art.

Newport Street Gallery, Lambeth – showing the personal art collection of Damien Hirst.


Other smaller galleries can be found here.