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About the National Portrait Gallery

The gallery houses portraits of historically important and famous British people, selected on the basis of the significance of the sitter, not that of the artist.

The collection includes photographs and caricatures as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture.

One of its best-known images is the Chandos portrait, the most famous portrait of William Shakespeare.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


National Portrait Gallery,
St Martin's Place,

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to wear a face mask when visiting?

The UK government does not require face masks to be work indoors at the moment, but many venues ask people to wear them, and can refuse entry if they need to.

What's the nearest railway station to National Portrait Gallery

The nearest station is London Charing Cross which is 0.1 miles away.

National Portrait Gallery - Latest News

National Portrait Gallery to close for 3 years
National Portrait Gallery to close for 3 years

A part of a major rebuilding project, the National Portrait Gallery has announced that it will be closing for three years, from the end of June 2020.


Recent exhibitions

This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers.
This small display of paintings and miniatures explores the collars and ruffs that were such a striking feature of sixteenth and seventeenth-century dress.
The BP Portrait Award 2017 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting.
The creative encounter between artists and sitters is explored in this exhibition featuring portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
The major exhibition brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, many visiting the UK for the first time.
This exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography.

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