National Portrait Gallery forecourt proposal by Jamie Fobert Architects © Forbes Massie.

National Portrait Gallery reveals 2023 reopening date

Image: National Portrait Gallery forecourt proposal by Jamie Fobert Architects © Forbes Massie

The Gallery will reopen its doors for the first time in three years, following the most extensive redevelopment of its building since 1896


The National Portrait Gallery has today announced that it will reopen its doors on 22 June 2023, following a three year, £35.5m redevelopment which began in June 2020.

The redevelopment project – titled Inspiring People – has included a comprehensive redisplay of the Gallery’s Collection, including a new name for the first floor of its building, which will be known as The Blavatnik Wing following the most significant gift in its history from the Blavatnik Family Foundation.


Support for the redevelopment has also come fromThe National Lottery Heritage Fund and donations from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Ross Foundation, Mildred and Simon Palley, the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, the David and Claudia Harding Foundation, Bjorn and Inger Saven, the Law Family Charitable Foundation, the Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation and Art Fund.


Dr Nicholas Cullinan, the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: “I am thrilled to be able to announce the date that our new doors will open to the public, and we eagerly look forward to welcoming visitors back into our transformed Gallery in June.”

Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, added: “The National Portrait Gallery has been a source of inspiration and delight for over a century.

“This project will transform and reimagine the building, collection and public engagement and ensure it continues to inspire generations to come. We look forward to seeing it fully revealed in June.”