London's National Portrait Gallery Is Closing for Renovations — Here's How to Still See Some of Its Best Art
London's National Portrait Gallery is closing in 2020 for renovations, but, thankfully, art lovers will be able to find the museum's works elsewhere in the duration of its makeover.
According to The Guardian, the museum will be closed from June 29, 2020, until the spring of 2023. This three-year closure is for a £35.5 million ($45.7 million USD) project to refurbish and update the museum.
The project, entitled "Inspiring People," was announced last week.
In the time that the doors are closed, 300 pieces in the museum will be relocated for visitors to enjoy.
According to Lonely Planet, many of the artworks will travel around the country for pre-planned events, including an exhibition at the York Art Gallery in 2021, a curated collection of Tudor portraits at the Holburne Museum in Bath in 2022, and other exhibitions at the National Museums Liverpool, Laing Art Gallery, in Newcastle, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
There will also be portrait showings across the UK, including some at Mottisfont in Hampshire, Basildon Park in Berkshire Hughenden in Buckinghamshire, and a Tudors to Windsors exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, The Guardian reported.
As for the 270 employees who work at the gallery, the museum hopes to be able to offer part-time work and other opportunities.
“Closure of the gallery building will necessitate staff changes and inevitably there will be some job losses,” said a spokesperson to The Guardian.
Renovations at the museum are expected to include a new entrance, new public spaces, a new learning center.
For more information about the museum, visit the National Portrait Gallery website.