London has no shortage of museums, but the loss of the National Portrait Gallery (home to the biggest collection of portraits in the world) for the next three years is still a downer for all the art lovers out there.
Starting on June 29, 2020 until spring 2023, the museum will be closed for extensive renovations, including a brand new entrance, new learning center, the reopening of the East Wing, and upgrades to the gallery space to display its collection in the best way possible.
The good news is that the museum’s 215,000 works won’t be totally sealed off to the public during the remodeling. Key portraits from the collection will travel around the UK and allow people all throughout the country to have access to these works. Some of the receiving institutions include:
- The National Gallery, London
- The National Maritime Museum, London
- The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
- The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
- The York Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Museum, York
- The Holburne Museum, Bath
- National Museums Liverpool
- The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
- Wolverhampton Art Gallery
- Derby Museum & Art Gallery
- Aston Hall, Birmingham
And if you want to see beautiful portraits from the comfort of your own home, check out the National Portrait Gallery’s entire collection on its website.