Open House Festival

National Portrait Gallery Architecture Highlights Tours


Ewan Christian, 1896

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE

Discover the architecture of the National Portrait Gallery, designed in 1896 by Ewan Christian and now transformed by Jamie Fobert Architects. Please meet at the Ross Street Entrance. Drop-in 16 & 17 September at specific times listed below. But please note that spaces are extremely limited and tour places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Getting there


Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square, Charing Cross


Charing Cross


87, 24




National Portrait Gallery

The Inspiring People project has transformed the National Portrait Gallery. Designed by Jamie Fobert Architects and made possible by major grants from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the Ross Foundation. The project comprised a complete re-presentation of the Collection, combined with a significant refurbishment of the building, the creation of public spaces, a more welcoming visitor entrance and public forecourt, and a new Learning Centre.

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