How To Find Us

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located fifteen minutes’ walk from Princes Street and set in beautiful parkland.

Please note that access to the Modern One from the Water of Leith is not possible until further notice, as the result of a land slip. All gates from this direction up to the rear of Modern One are locked to avoid accidents.

Opening hours

Open daily, 10am-5pm (6pm for August only).

Closed 25 and 26 December and open on 1 January from 12 noon.

Admission is free. A charge may be made for special exhibitions.

Gallery Bus

Our Gallery Bus takes visitors from the Scottish National Gallery to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and back again. For service information and timetables see here.

Access

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has excellent facilities for disabled visitors. Modern One has wheelchair access to all parts of the Gallery. There is also a specially adapted toilet and lift (toilet not suitable for larger motorised wheelchairs). For events in the Gymnasium, parking is available in the south car park. Wheelchair access to Modern Two is from the car park at the rear entrance. Near this entrance is a specially adapted toilet and lift and all parts of the building are accessible by wheelchair.

Artlink runs a service enabling people with disabilities resident in Edinburgh and the Lothians to visit arts venues in the city. To register, telephone 0131 229 3555. Please note that there is a waiting list for this service.

Getting here

From the West End of Princes Street walk along Shandwick Place before turning right onto Palmerston Place. Follow Palmerston Place down onto Belford Road and across the bridge. The gallery is a short walk further along Belford Road.

By Bus

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is serviced by Edinburgh Coach Lines Service 13.

By Train

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is fifteen minutes’ walk from Haymarket Station. Follow Palmerston Place down onto Belford Road and across the Bridge. The gallery is a short walk further along Belford Road.

By Car

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has metered car parks. The fee is £1 for 4 hours and applies from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week. Visitors should not park for more than 8 hours, and overnight parking is not permitted.

Disabled parking facilities are also available.

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.