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From a portrait no bigger than a thumbnail to one at 5.3m wide, the National Portrait Gallery depicts the nation’s most renowned figures in paintings, drawings, photographs and even sculptures which will make you and the kids laugh, gasp and ponder. Kids will love the more modern artworks where they will be able to recognise some famous faces. It’s practically like Madame Tussauds!

 

You can use interactive Portrait Explorers throughout the gallery to find out which faces you could be seeing on your visit. There’s plenty in the gallery that kids will recognise: alongside the modern-day celebs of the contemporary collection, kids will enjoy spotting some of their favourite historical figures.

 

Additionally, activities such as art workshops and storytelling sessions inspired by the collections are offered regularly, making the gallery extra-fun for kids! You will find these particularly during holidays and half-terms. A great way to keep the kids entertained and engage in art.


Booking Advice:

  • Entrance is FREE
  • Special exhibitions may require you to buy in advance
  • Workshops are FREE too

Parent P.O.V. by Laura Porter

  • We’ve enjoyed the free art workshops (just turn up and ask for
    a ticket) so know this is a great place to sketch with the kids.
  • There are four themed audio guides
    for 7-11 year olds.
  • Bring your colouring pens as there are free trails and sketchbooks available.
  • It’s free to visit so don’t try and see it all. Pick a gallery (the Tudors is always good for kids) and enjoy it.

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com 

VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

St Martin’s Place
London
WC2H 0HE

When:

All year round

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7306 0055

Website:

Opening hours:

Open daily 10:00 - 18:00 Late night opening Thursday and Friday until 21:00. Closed 24 - 26 December.

How to get there:

Nearest tubes: Charing Cross, Leceister Square and Embankment.
Nearest buses: 24, 29 and 176.

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  1. Amy

    Kids enjoyed the Grayson Perry exhibition on right now. Youngest read up about the exhibition before and was a lot more engaged as a result.

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