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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Gallery Trails

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LGBTQ+ History Month, photograph of Nicola Adams by Kate Peters

LGBTQ+ History Month 2021


Celebrating key figures from the Gallery’s Collection, including new content throughout February

Black History Month 2020

Alayo Akinkugbe, art historian and founder of @ablackhistoryofart, explores key figures from the Gallery’s Collection.

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2020 Anniversaries

Discover significant anniversaries relating to the sitters and artists in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

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Queen Victoria Trail

Victoria died in 1901, leaving behind an expansive British Empire, and a country that had been transformed by social and technological advances. This trail explores the display Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years.

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Prince Albert Trail

Noted as a patron of the arts, Prince Albert was largely responsible for the Great Exhibition of 1851. This portrait trail accompanies the display Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years.

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Commonwealth Trail

This portrait trail marks the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which is taking place in London from 16 to 20 April. The Commonwealth is a diverse community of nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.

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2019 Anniversaries

Discover significant anniversaries relating to the sitters and artists in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

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2018 Anniversaries

Discover significant anniversaries relating to the sitters and artists in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

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Director’s Trail by Nicholas Cullinan

Director Nicholas Cullinan share a selection of his favourite portraits and the stories behind them.

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2017 Anniversaries

Discover significant anniversaries relating to the sitters and artists in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

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Party Trail

A trail exploring some of the fabulous hosts, guests and gossips in the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

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Tours

We also have ready-made tours you can print off and take around the Gallery with you ranging from 16 different themes and 8 different time periods.

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Please note some portraits may no longer be on display, please check before visiting to avoid disappointment

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Scientific techniques

Watch our playlist exploring scientific techniques used by the Gallery to unlock the secrets behind our Tudor portraits.

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Subjects and themes

Search the collection by themes - from pets to weddings!

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Black History Month

Take a tour exploring our Collection created by Alayo Akinkugbe for Black History Month in 2020.

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A Picture of Health

Learn about pioneers in medicine, health and social reform from 1840 to 1920.

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