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Can I bring a friend with me to Members’ Afternoon Previews and Evening Private Views?

Member plus Guest and Joint plus two Guests and Membership Plus categories are entitled to bring a guest to Afternoon Previews and Evening Private Views. Disabled Members are entitled to bring a carer to all Membership events at the Gallery.(Restrictions apply to Members’ events not listed in the programme).  If you wish to attend a Members’ Private View, please RSVP by emailing [email protected] or writing to us at Membership Office, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE. There is no need to RSVP for Afternoon Previews.


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