National Portrait Gallery

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The National Portrait Gallery is situated in London and is an art gallery that hosts portraits of British people of importance. It was the first portrait gallery in existence when it opened in 1856.

The gallery was opened in 1856 but was moved to its current site at St Martin’s place in 1896. To deal with the increase in the size of the collection it has twice been expanded since its opening. The gallery chooses what art to show based on who the portrait is portraying and not who painted it. The gallery has portraits of royals but its most famous piece is one of William Shakespeare.

Getting there

The gallery is served by the London transport system, ‘Charing Cross’ is the closest tube station along with ‘Leicester Square’. The gallery has bike stands opposite its entrance.

Opening Times and Admission

It is free to visit the main gallery. The gallery is open seven days a week, 10am-6pm except for Thursdays and Fridays when the gallery is open to a later time of 9 pm.

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