Visitor Safety – Bag Searches

The safety of the National Galleries of Scotland’s visitors, volunteers, staff,  collections and buildings is of paramount importance and is integral to the mission of the National Galleries of Scotland which is to care for, develop, research and display the national collection of Scottish and international art.

From time to time, in order to maximise safety precautions, and in line with changing circumstances and/or government instructions, the National Galleries of Scotland may introduce additional security measures as appropriate, including the search of bags which are brought into the Galleries by visitors.  You may be greeted upon entry by one of our security personnel who will conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all bags, briefcases, purses, and containers. This search will be conducted in your presence and with your consent (although refusal to consent may result in exclusion of the bag concerned and/or refused entry to the Galleries). The purpose of this search is to ensure that nothing that could be harmful, noxious, dangerous or deleterious to people, collections or buildings is brought into the Galleries.

The methodology to be applied to bag searches will ensure that:

  • the search is lawful
  • the search is consensual
  • the visitor is fully aware of the situation
  • the search is appropriate and thorough
  • staff are protected against allegations of wrongdoing

Download the full bag search policy.