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Please note that the Gallery’s switchboard is currently operating a reduced service with limited staff resource from 10:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7306 0055
Text Direct: 18001 020 7306 0055

We accept text relay service calls for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment. 

Before calling or emailing you might find it useful to look at our Frequently Asked Questions section. We are constantly updating this section based on feedback from visitors and place useful answers to questions within this area. 

For general information and enquiries about anything related to the Gallery please use the contact form, alternatively you can phone by using the contact numbers below.

Contact numbers

Complaints, suggestions or praise +44 (0)20 7306 0055
Educational group bookings +44 (0)20 7312 2483
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If you wish to provide us with more information about a particular portrait, sitter or artist or you specifically require information about portraits in our collection and cannot find your answers within the Search or Explore areas of the site.

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