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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.

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

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Art & Design



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Opening hours

Monday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 09:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm

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This museum has no entrance fee!

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  • Coffee

  • Restaurant

  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible


St Martin's Place, London, England


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National Portrait Gallery has 2 ratings.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 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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