Your time at the Gallery
How long does it take to see the National Portrait Gallery? It's up to you! Here are our recommendations for making the most of your time at the Gallery.
Under 30 minutes
Download the free Bloomberg Connects app and follow along with a tour of the works on display. Available for download on iOS and Android.
- Concentrate on a particular period of history. Use our floor plans to find the relevant galleries. The portraits are arranged chronologically, starting with the Tudor collection on Floor 3 and ending with the newest additions on Floor 0.
- See a temporary exhibition: The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure on Floor 0.
- Take a highlights tour through the Collection.
2 hours or more
Explore the whole Gallery from the Tudors to today!
Make the most of everything the Gallery has to offer – visit an exhibition, enjoy a free Portrait of the Day talk. Dine in the restaurant, café or café bar. Browse the shop for something special.
In partnership with the CHANEL Culture Fund, Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture is a three-year project, which aims to enhance the representation of women in the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and highlight the often-overlooked stories of individual women who have shaped British history and culture.
This room brings together historic life and death masks and explores how they were made. These poignant objects, which are among the most realistic portraits in the Collection, are presented alongside works by contemporary artists Gillian Wearing, Tracey Emin and Marc Quinn, who have used masks to interrogate their own identity and mortality.
Windrush: Portraits of a Pioneering Generation
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of HMT Empire Windrush's arrival in Britain, Windrush: Portraits of a Pioneering Generation is a display of ten portraits, highlighting the experiences of people who have made positive contributions to the United Kingdom.
Room 14, Floor 3