WhatMuseums & Galleries
St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
Opening hours: 10am–6pm daily, to 9pm Thurs, Fri
The collection is immense, the gallery houses almost 200,000 portraits of the great, the good and the not so good from Lily Allen to Mary Queen of Scots. Many famous ones from history books: Henry VIII looking fat, Charles I with a pointy beard, Newton, Nelson, various plain kings and queens (Queen Anne in particular was not a looker), parliamentarians – up to the present day. The famous Beckham film, the much-criticised portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Regular Family Events include:
Family Activity Base Collect free art trails, borrow art materials for activities in the gallery.
Storytelling for Families Third Sat of the month, 10.30am, 1.30pm. Interactive storytelling sessions. Ages 3+ (accompanied). No ticket required.
Family Art Workshops Third Sat of the month, 11.30am, 2.30pm. Family session followed by art activity. Ages 5–11 (accompanied). Free but ticket required from Info Desk. 90mins.
Also Family Audio Guide
Opening hours: 10am–6pm daily, to 9pm Thurs, Fri
St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
020 7306 0055
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