We've asked leading figures in entertainment and the arts to create slideshow guides, to some of their personal highlights from the nation's collection.
John Sergeant uses paintings from the nation's art collection to tell the story of Paul Richey - a Second World War pilot
Art critic Alastair Sooke on a selection of early 19th Century paintings
Children’s TV presenter Michelle Ackerley explores the colourful child-like side to the collection.
Broadcaster and author Joan Bakewell explores paintings where women are captured together
Sue Johnston guides us through paintings by her favourite artist, Beryl Cook
Portraiture expert Philip Mould reveals the faces and painters that have captured the history of Britain and art on canvas
More portraits uncovered
Artists at the edge
Stunning polar paintings
The art of gardening
Myths and Monsters
When Mary met Gabriel
Christianity and me
The art of war
Love and sex