Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema

"This is not just special effects, this is art"
The Guardian

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In line with the latest Scottish Government announcements, our Galleries will remain open and we look forward to welcoming you.

We're open!

We can confirm that, in line with the latest Scottish Government announcements, our Galleries will remain open and we look forward to welcoming you. Details of our opening hours across all Galleries can be found in the grid below. More information about your visit can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

The latest Scottish Government guidance has restrictions on travel and groups. For more information on the local protection levels visit the Scottish Government website. If you are not permitted to travel to Edinburgh and have already booked a ticket to visit us, please contact us at [email protected]

Opening times

Due to the staffing levels required to ensure we adhere to COVID-19 health and safety standards, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) will each open for three days a week until January 2021.

*During this time the grounds of the Gallery of Modern Art will be open daily 10am-5pm.

Scottish National Gallery Modern One Modern Two Scottish National Portrait Gallery
(Booking required)
Open daily 10am-5pm Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm* Open daily 10am-5pm Sunday to Tuesday 10am-5pm
(No booking required)
Open Mon-Fri 10am-3pm Sat-Sun 10am-4pm Open daily 10am-4pm Open daily 10am-4.30pm Open Sunday-Tuesday 10am-4.30pm
(Booking required at some sites)
Open daily 10am-5pm Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm (ticket holders only) Open daily 10am-5pm (ticket holders only) Closed
Our galleries

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Scottish National Gallery

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh and home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world.

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Modern One

Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art including NOW | Katie Paterson.

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Modern Two

Come and see our blockbuster exhibition Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema.

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Come face to face with the people who shape Scotland’s past, present and future.

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Welcome back

We're glad to be back and we think you are too.  Here's a taster of what people had to say on returning to our galleries.


What's new at the galleries

What's new at the galleries

Shaun the Sheep: Online Model Making Workshop

We’ve partnered with Aardman Animations to host some festive online model-making fun! Make your very own Shaun the Sheep under the guidance of expert model-maker Jim Parkyn.

Art Connects

Art Zoom session for parents/carers of babies born during this isolating year. This week's 'Art Connects' will be a tactile, playful, supportive 45 mins led by silversmith Bryony Knox.


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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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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.