National Portrait Gallery – Free to see the most famous people in British History and the world
National Portrait Gallery features portraits of the most famous people in British history as well as hosts exhibitions of contemporary portraits from all around the world. It was founded in 1856.This is Free to view.
It was established on 2nd December 1856. Lord Ellesmere offered to the nation the so-called Chandos portrait of Shakespeare, which became the first picture to enter the Gallery’s collection.
Criteria for choosing the Portrait Gallery was to be about history, not about art, and about the status of the sitter, rather than the quality or character of a particular image considered as a work of art. This criterion is still used by the Gallery today when deciding which works enter to this gallery
National Portrait Gallery: Admission ticket price, opening hours
Admission Tickets: Free admission i.e. no entrance fee. There is a charge for some temporary exhibitions. They welcome donations
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 6pm. Thursday and Friday until 9pm (last entry 5.50pm/8.50pm)
Address, Car Parking and Nearest Tube to National Portrait Gallery
Address: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Telephone: 020 7306 0055
Nearest Tube Train Bus: Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Embankment. Bus- Bus numbers: 24, 29 and 176. Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London how to get here
Car parking: No parking facilities at the Gallery. You can park on the corner of Whitcomb Street and Orange Street (0207 839 5858)