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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Still inspiring

Although our doors are currently closed, we believe it is more important than ever that we remain as open, curious, interesting and inviting as always. That is why we are still committed, in whatever way we can, to bringing people together, by caring for, protecting and sharing the portraits and stories of the men and women who have shaped our nation.

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People & Portraits

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National and International Programmes

Find out how we are continuing to share our Collection throughout the UK and beyond.

Online Exhibitions

Explore the Hold Still digital exhibition featuring 100 works from across the nation.

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Families & Learning

Enjoy our online family and learning resources.


Hear from the Gallery’s sitters, curators and collaborators.

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Inspiring People

Transforming our Gallery

Inspiring People will transform the National Portrait Gallery. 

Nationwide activity programme

Discover our ambitious partnerships with museums, local community groups and schools which will bring the Gallery closer to communities across the UK.