Stay safe, enjoy art

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

Explore the collection

We are currently planning for our reopening. Health and safety and the visitor experience are at the heart of this, and we look forward to welcoming you all back soon. Look out for updates here our website, social media channels and email newsletters. All details are in our FAQs.

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.

Home is where the art is

For kids and parents, we've got five fun and creative activities every week that have been designed for children of all ages to explore. This week, we’re inspired by Ray Harryhausen, the grandfather of stop-motion animation.

Art and mindfulness

In the first of a series of videos, Trudi Collier examines the notion of 'mindfulness' and invites us to contemplate Van Gogh's Olive Trees.

Happy birthday, Ray!

All this week we're celebrating the birthday of the late, great Ray Harryhausen, who would have turned 100 on 29 June. Check out our social channels for new and exclusive content, and follow the link below to find out more about our forthcoming exhibition, Titan of Cinema.

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.

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Support us

In these uncertain times we need your support more than ever.
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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.