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Venue Hire - Gallery Spaces

The National Portrait Gallery is available for exclusive hire on Monday to Thursday evenings from 18.30 and throughout the week from 08.00 to 10.00 for breakfast events. The Portrait Restaurant is also available for private receptions and dinners on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The Ondaatje Wing Theatre can be hired as part of an evening or breakfast event. Please speak to the Events Team for more information.

Ondaatje Wing Main Hall

Reception 200 guests

Lerner Galleries

Reception 400 guests

Balcony Gallery

Reception 80 guests

Victorian Galleries

Reception 200 guests
Dinner 120 guests

Tudor Galleries

Reception 80 guests
Dinner 40 guests

17th and 18th Century Galleries

Reception 400 guests
Dinner 300 guests

Regency in the Weldon Gallery

Reception 150 guests
Dinner 100 guests

Portrait Restaurant

Reception 150 guests
Dinner 90 guests

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Daytime hire of our 138 seat auditorium, which is equipped with the latest audio-visual technology and professional presentation equipment. We have a professional and dedicated technical team to support your event requirements.

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Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

Explore the podcasts

Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

Listen to the playlist

Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

Watch, listen and read