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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National and International Programmes

Throughout our Inspiring People project we will continue to deliver an exciting schedule of national and international programme activity.

Find out how we are still inspiring audiences


This exciting project sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.

National exhibitions

COMING HOME: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Ealing Rises Up - Outdoor Display
COMING HOME: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
COMING HOME: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Bangladesh 50 Years Artwork

National Skills Sharing Partnership Programme

National Skills & Knowledge Exchange Programme sees the Gallery work with staff at museums in BelfastNottinghamPlymouth and Sudbury, followed by a further eight other locations, to create a UK wide learning network involving collaborative displays, exchanges, mentoring, seminars and internships.

Explore our nationwide programme of activities

The Gallery is committed to making the national collection of British portraits available around the country through an active national programme of partnerships, events and loaned works.

Montacute House

Discover the history of Montacute House including opening times, admission costs and what's on. The House displays works from the Gallery’s 16th - 17th Century collection.


Loans to the National Gallery

As part of our programme of activity to share the Collection while we are closed for our re-development project, a series of works are being displayed at the National Gallery. 

People, Portraits and Places

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Explore sitters and artists represented within our Collection and the places associated with them

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