St Martins Place Trafalgar Square
London WC2H 0HE
The National Portrait Gallery is home to over 120,000 portraits of famous British men and women from the 16th century to the present day. Families can enjoy special art activities and workshops throughout the year and during school holidays. The 3rd Saturday of every month at 11:30 am and 2:30 p.m., children 5+ and their carers can explore portraits in the Collection with Family Art Workshops, followed by an art activity. The workshops are free, but places are limited and tickets are allocated on a first-come, first served basis from the Information Desk in the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall. The sessions last about 90 minutes and children must be accompanied. Also on the 3rd Saturday of every month, children 3+ and their carers can join the free drop-in storytelling sessions. Storytelling is at 2 pm and 3 pm, and lasts about 30 minutes no ticket is required, just meet in the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall. Throughout the school holidays children aged 5+ can print their own t-shirts, make special portrait mugs, decorate a bag to take on holiday, create a poster, mix and match faces and hairstyles, create a hanging gallery of their favourite portraits, and even make themselves into a jigsaw puzzle. Most workshops are at 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. – check the National Portrait Gallerys website for details. Free tickets are available an hour before each workshop from the Main Hall. There is a nice restaurant on site as well as a cafe serving light lunches – the cafe is better suited to families with young children. There is a quiet area ideal for new parents as well as baby changing facilities next to the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. Admission is free, as are all of the family workshops.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10 am – 6 pm, open til 9 pm on Thurs & Fri.
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