The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

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Can I bring a friend with me to exhibitions?

Only if your Membership includes a guest (it will say ‘plus guest’ on your card). If not, you can add a guest for just £25 extra per year. Call us on 020 7321 6283 to add a guest to your Membership.

Disabled Members are entitled to bring a carer to all Membership events at the Gallery.

Please note: Any additional guests would need to purchase tickets from the ticket desk in the main hall, online in advance or by contacting 0207 306 6600.

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Scientific techniques

Watch our playlist exploring scientific techniques used by the Gallery to unlock the secrets behind our Tudor portraits.

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Subjects and themes

Search the collection by themes - from pets to weddings!

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Black History Month

Take a tour exploring our Collection created by Alayo Akinkugbe for Black History Month in 2020.

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A Picture of Health

Learn about pioneers in medicine, health and social reform from 1840 to 1920.

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