National Portrait Gallery, London

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#11 of 218 in Museums in London
An impressively preserved, ornate structure built in the 1850s, National Portrait Gallery contains a collection of portraits painted of significant and famous British people. Perhaps the most notable portrait in the gallery is one of William Shakespeare, but there are approximately 10,000 others to view and consider. National Portrait Gallery is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, London Edition.
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  • This place is just about the most amazing gallery in the whole of London... And London has some great galleries! I am almost lost for words, the Renaissance galleries are amazing, the Tudors exhibitio...  more »
  • My first visit to this gallery. I was drawn to see the Victorian Giants Exhibition. That did not disappoint - as a photographer I really enjoyed looking at the work and appreciated the skill of the pe...  more »
  • The museum in general is excellent, absolutely huge and free. The information accompanying the portraits are interesting and informative. I also paid £10.00 to visit the Victorian Giants photo exhibit...  more »
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  • My favourite museum in London! They have a fabulous permanent collection and their special exhibitions are always outstanding. Centrally located in Trafalgar Square, it is very easy to find. The permanent exhibitions are free, and it would be a good idea to book in advance for the temporary ones as it can get very busy. There are lockers and a cloakroom if you have things with you that you don't want to carry around, plus a gift shop, bookshop & restaurant. The staff are knowledgeable & friendly and often there are great audio guides, podcasts or leaflets to tell you more about the exhibits. Can't recommend this place enough!
  • The previous decor has gone temporarily. Gone are the vast array of portraits of all and sundry. Small individual exhibits are now in place. It has lost its charm and old style familiarity. Perhaps this is the way things are generally going. The Bobby Moore photographs however were wonderful. Some candid and unposed pictures of a period of innocence now gone, and of a genuine human being and.sportsman.
  • An excellent museum to visit. Each portrait sends you back in time. I really like the commentary behind each of these portraits. There is a mixture of both modern and old art here. Be sure to visit the National Portrait Gallery. Also, as with all public museums in London, it is free.
  • Really nice gallery especially if you like history as you can see portraits of some of the people you've read about. The fact that it's free makes it even better. As an actor, if also recommend it as a place to go to research a character, although saying that, most of the eighteenth and nineteenth century portraits just look like Alec Guinness... As do the portraits of the men The cafe is also good
  • I can highly recommend the drawing classes they offer and the free portrait talks. It's a lovely place to wander around, and encounter sime amazing artworks. I was unexpectedly blown away by the Tudor and Elizabethan works. The cafe downstairs has a sky light under which you can chill - it makes a nice escape from the hectic streets in that part of town.
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