National Portrait Gallery and its collection

National Portrait Gallery

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.

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National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
WC2H 0HE London

Visitor information National Portrait Gallery

Opening hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 21:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00




Wheelchair accessible
Museum shop

Location & Map

St Martin's Place, London

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National Portrait Gallery Reviews

National Portrait Gallery has 2 ratings.

  • Frank
    Frank • Jun 29, 2017

    The National Portrait Gallery is very well laid out. The collection is very complete and you see and learn a lot. We started at the top with the older art and then went down for the more modern portraits. We preferred the older portraits, but the more modern ones were also worth seeing. Very well worth a visit (and it is free aswell!).

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