National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in London ( National Portrait Gallery ) is one of the most visited museums throughout the year throughout London. It is at the level of some other very famous, such as, for example, the Tate Modern or the National Gallery.

This fantastic museum dedicated to portraits is located in one of the most central points of the British capital, next to Trafalgar Square.


What to see in the National Portrait Gallery?

The museum hosts a multitude of portraits of famous people and celebrities who have played an important role in the story. The museum has three floors, and, within the different floors, the paintings are organized by historical eras and themes. Thus, within the same room, the portraits are separated by virtue of the century to which they belong. It is very comfortable to get oriented without the need of a guide.


Curiosities of the museum

On the other hand, the museum allows you to inform and investigate, thanks to the different positions with computers that you can use for free. From them, you can access their database to study the different portraits. It is worth mentioning that, in addition to the portraits present in the museum, you can also find information about others that are not in the National Portrait Gallery.

It should be noted that, in addition to the paintings and portraits that are kept permanently in the museum, there are also temporary exhibitions, which, in recent times, have focused on portraits made with cameras, and not so much with paint. It is a very prestigious prize, so the best photographers in the world participate in the contest. Therefore, you can not miss the temporary exhibition when you make your visit to the National Portrait Gallery.

We have to say, as a negative point, that, on occasion, it has been more important to publicize public figures in England than artistic value itself (as it should happen in a museum). However, over the years, this trend has been balanced a bit and today is a museum that you can not miss under any circumstances.

Finally, if you want to make the most of your visit, do not hesitate to visit its souvenir shop and its art library. There you can buy a souvenir for your friends and family. And, when you have finished enjoying this fantastic museum, you can go to the restaurant to finish a morning of ten.


Price, access and schedule

Price: The National Portrait Gallery is completely free, although for some temporary exhibitions they charge a symbolic price (one pound, for example).

Address: St. Martin's Place, London. 0HE The nearest subway stops are Charing Cross and Leicester Square.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Thursday and Friday until 9:00 p.m.), Monday through Sunday.


           As you can see, the National Portrait Gallery is one of those museums that you can not miss when you visit London. In this article we have tried to summarize what you can find in it, but the sensations and feelings that some of the portraits transmit can not be described. You will have to live them!

St. Martin's Place
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Published by Last update 02/08/2022