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Enjoy a personal audio-visual tour with our new hand-held guides, which feature interactive maps, short films introducing British history and over 300 fascinating commentaries. Listen to the voices of people such as Sir Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf, hear interviews with contemporary sitters and artists, and try out one of our themed tours. All this for only £3!
A selection of featured portraits have a special descriptive recording for visually impaired visitors. Seventy-five recordings are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese and neck loops are available for hard of hearing visitors.
© John Walmsley
The Gallery is open until 21.00 on Thursdays and Fridays. On Friday nights visitors can experience a wide variety of free music events ranging from chamber and folk music to Jazz and brand new compositions.
The Gallery's staff get to know the portraits in our Collection very well. And every Saturday at 12.00 you can hear their personal insights at a free ‘Portrait of the Day' Gallery Talk, when a member of the team discusses a work that interests them. Plus there are regular free talks by writers, historians and artists on a variety of themes ranging from the Civil War to ‘How to Wear Hats' and special events and workshops for families and young people.
Visit From Your Armchair
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.
Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.
Sculptures in 360°
See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.