Welcome to our Family Programme

Come face to face with history at the National Portrait Gallery and get creative, discovering and learning together. Meet Henry VIII and Elizabeth I; say hello to Shakespeare and Jane Austen; imagine discussing politics with Winston Churchill; have your photo taken with Ed Sheeran.

Every weekend and every day during the school holidays visit FAB – our art cart of free art materials for you to create your own portraits in the Gallery. It’s open from 11am – 4pm.

We have 3 free family activity trails so you can get creative together. Choose from Pop-Up Gallery where you can create your very own art gallery and decorate it with your own portraits, Sketch! – your very own sketch book and Talking Heads – where you can create your own 3D portrait.  

Pick them up from FAB and the Information Desk.

Family audioguides are also available and visit the Portrait Café to enjoy our family offer.