Stay safe, enjoy art

While our buildings are closed you are welcome to explore the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Visit now

We're getting ready for a phased re-opening of our galleries from August, and we're looking forward to welcoming you all back soon. Look out for updates on our website, social media and email newsletters.

This week at the galleries

This week at the galleries

Our galleries may be closed at the moment, but there's plenty to do and see online, with new content added each week.

Explore the collection

While our buildings are closed you can explore the art in our collection online.

Home is where the art is

A treasure trove of creative activities pulled together during lockdown to help you make your own discoveries about art at home. No materials, printers or art expertise required to enjoy these!

The life and work of James Tassie

Join Curator of Portraiture Liz Louis as she considers James Tassie’s portrait medallions of the ‘great and the good’ of eighteenth-century society.

Delivering world-class art

Our online shop is back and open for business! Have a browse through our collection of gifts, art supplies, books, prints and home décor ideas. And we’ll deliver to your door.


100% of all profits support the National Galleries of Scotland

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Video | Why are there so few female artists?

The ten most expensive paintings in history were painted by men. And of the $196 billion spent on art at auction in the last decade, women accounted for only 2% of sales. So why are so few female artists represented in the world of art?


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Art in the Collection

Art in the Collection

Explore and search

Explore the online collection of artworks dating from the early Renaissance to the present day. 


Browse over a thousand highlighted artists from the collection in our artist A-Z.


Our art glossary provides context for the terminology used on our site. Explore over 100 terms and discover related artists and artworks

New acquisitions

The National Galleries of Scotland continues to acquire artworks that enhance and complement our collection.

Support us

Support us

In these uncertain times we need your support more than ever.
Please consider making a donation or joining our Friends.

Our galleries

Our galleries

What we do

What we do

Community and access

We invite community and access groups to explore Scotland’s national art collection for free through guided or self-guided visits. These groups also gain free entry to all paying exhibitions.

About the National Galleries of Scotland

We care for, develop, research and display the national collection of Scottish and international art. We aim to engage and inspire through art.

Commercial services

We offer a wide range of commercial services including venue hire for events and filming, product wholesale, image licensing, corporate gifts and book sales.

Venue hire

The National Galleries of Scotland consists of three galleries in the very heart of Edinburgh, home to the Nation’s collection of art all available to hire for special events.