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Still Inspiring


The National Portrait Gallery is currently closed until spring 2023, while essential building works take place on our Inspiring People redevelopment.

Inspiring People will transform the National Portrait Gallery, with a comprehensive re-presentation of the Collection from the Tudors to now, combined with a complete refurbishment of the building, a more welcoming visitor entrance and a new state-of-the art learning centre, enabling us to become more open and accessible to all. This will be accompanied by an exciting national programme of loans, events and community projects.

We look forward to staying connected throughout the redevelopment period and to welcoming you back to the Gallery in London in 2023.