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National Portrait Gallery, London

Explore the National Portrait Gallery on your university or college trip to London.

Originally founded in 1856, the stated aim of the National Portrait Gallery is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture... and to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’.

The gallery's primary collection houses over 11,000 portraits, alongside 250,000 photographs and negatives, making it the most extensive collection of portraits in the world.

The diverse showcase will ignite your students interest, hosting everything from Tudor and Elizabethan portraits, to contemporary 20th Century works featuring popular actors and musicians.

Entry to the museum is free.