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National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture..’

With over 210,000 separate works spanning 6 centuries, the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) holds the world’s greatest collection of portraits. The gallery tells the story of Britain from the 16th century to the present day through the portraits, photographs and sculptures of a wide cast of the nation’s main figures. Subjects include the royal family, artists, musicians, thinkers, politicians and writers. There are also a regular temporary exhibitions. The top-floor Portrait Restaurant has fabulous views over Trafalgar Square.

 Did you know about Lunchtime Learning ?

The National Portrait Gallery’s Lunch Time Lectures are a great way to dig a bit deeper into aspects of the collection. They take place on Thursdays, are delivered by staff or by visiting speakers and last approximately one hour. Ticket will cost  about 4 pounds.

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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    2 St Martin’s Place WC2
  • Underground

    Charing Cross, Leicester Sq.

"The world’s greatest collection of portraits."

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