The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856. The gallery houses a collection of portraits of historically important and well known British people. Works in the National Portrait Gallery include photographs, caricatures, paintings, drawings and sculpture and are all selected on the basis of the significance of the person, not that of the artist. A well known piece is the Chandos portrait, the most famous of the portraits that may depict William Shakespeare. In addition to the main collection, a programme of special temporary exhibitions and displays runs throughout the year.
Gallery closure commences at 17.50
Thursday & Friday until 21.00
Gallery closure commences at 20.50
Closed: 24-26 December
This museum has no entrance fee!
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