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Do National Portrait Gallery Members need to book exhibition tickets?

No. Members are entitled to unlimited access with no need to book. Simply show your Membership card at the exhibition entrance. Due to health and safety reasons you may be asked, on occasion, to wait until the beginning of the next allotted timed entry slot.


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View a wide collection of video content on our YouTube channel from past projects to our latest films.

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Artist and sitter interviews

Get insights into creating portraiture from BP Portrait Award 2020 artists and their sitters.

Explore behind the scenes

Sleeping Awake

Watch our film created to say ‘goodbye’ to the Gallery before we closed for our major transformation project.

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