National Portrait GalleryCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: St.Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE, United Kingdom
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-2073060055
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art Gallery, Family And Kids, Photo Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery has the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. It is a very unique place dedicated to the collection of portraits from all over the world. Not just this, they also conduct widespread research on the art of portraiture.
While most of us might even be unaware of what such a field exist, this gallery is the leading institute in the field of portraiture.
For this reason, it is definitely a unique experience to add to your repertoire. There are 11000 different portraits that they own by way of having bout them or through donations of artists.
The portraits may be paintings, photographs, sketches etc. The working idea behind the gallery is to preserve the portraits of the nation’s greatest men and women as well as conduct research in the field of portraiture itself.
The collection is so varied and vast that the portraits are often lent to other museums for special displays. There is also a colossal reference Library containing 80,000 portraits. Since the entry is free it is certainly worth a visit for the sake of curiosity! Also, visit nearby attractions in the city which are covered in London itinerary 5 days.
- Exhibitions are chargeable.
- Kindly check opening hours before visit.
- National Gallery is close by, so you can also combine your visit.
- Underground: Charring Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment
- Bus: Trafalgar Square Stop C/Charring Cross Road Stop K Bus numbers 24, 29 and 176
- Train: Charring Cross Stations
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11.23% of people who visit London include National Portrait Gallery in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
67.37% of people start their National Portrait Gallery visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see National Portrait Gallery
94.3% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Portrait Gallery
What a wonderful place to wander through for an hour or two. The earliest painings on display are 500 years old - it's wonderful to see the skill and techniques that existed so long ago. And at the modern end of the time spectrum - there are bang-up-to-the-minute displays in a range of media including photography. It's free to get in and see the core collection. Which other great art museums across Europe offer that? You'll pay a few pounds to get into any special exhibitions.
A bit old too school but they have a fantastic range in their collection which they tend to update on a regular basis. Some of the newer acquisitions are stunning and show that it was not just the higher class who got their portraits done but a myriad of people from very different backgrounds. A good visual history lesson and a stunningly refurbished building my only concern is that the curatorial decisions could do with a more modern touch.
It had lots of paintings but a bit smaller inside than I expected. I only did one half of it so not sure how big the other half it is. The pieces where amazing but they where only older pieces mainly not much modern ones. But they where still beautiful. There is a book shop at the end which is again great with a variety of art and standard books.
Excellent place to visit paintings, statues, photography. My favourite the portraits about famous and interesting people. Easily can spend a few hours here just wondering and soaking up the special vibe comes from this place. There is a little cafe if you wish to drink a cup of coffee.
Came to the Micheal Jackson Exhibition. Was brilliant. Had lunch in the Portrait Gallery Restaurant on floor 3 afterwards. I wasn't disappointed. The food was lovely, i ordered Salmon as a starter and Shepherds Pie as main. They came as a meal deal together. The views of London are simply stunning! This museum has around 195,000 portraits so would take hours to see them all if not days but is worth a visit just to see a handful and the beautiful rooms that house the paintings are equally stunning. The shop is great too. They sell posters and prints of your favourite paintings.