The National Portrait Gallery is currently closed until spring 2023, while essential building works take place on their Inspiring People redevelopment.
Inspiring People will transform the National Portrait Gallery, with a comprehensive re- presentation of the Collection from the Tudors to now, combined with a complete refurbishment of the building, a more welcoming visitor entrance and a new state-of-the art learning centre, enabling us to become more open and accessible to all. This will be accompanied by an exciting national programme of loans, events and community projects.
Facing out towards Covent Garden, the NPG is the world’s oldest gallery dedicated to the art of portraiture, with a collection dating from the 16th century to the present day.
Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. With over 1000 portraits on display across three floors, from Elizabeth I to David Beckham, the Gallery has something for everyone.
Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney, and the Collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. As well as the permanent displays, the Gallery has a diverse and ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events that promote an understanding and appreciation of portraiture in all forms.