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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How can I see a portrait not on display?

The National Portrait Gallery is currently closed due to our major redevelopment project, Inspiring People, which will see a transformed Gallery re-opening in 2023.

The Heinz Archive & Library is currently closed as a precautionary measure to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are unable to accommodate physical visits for the time being.

In the meantime, you can access over 150,000 images and explore fascinating content online. We hope to be able to reopen appointment bookings to view works not on display again soon.

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Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs

Test your memory by playing our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family.

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Regency familiar faces

Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game.

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Who do you think you were?

Answer a few lifestyle questions about the Elizabethan period and discover your inner Elizabethan!

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