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In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries. We are aware that some people have bought tickets for upcoming events and exhibitions and we will be in touch as quickly as we can with further information. For more information see our FAQs.

We appreciate your support during this time and hope to see you in the not too distant future. We will post any further updates here and on our social media channels.

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. 

Artists

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

Glossary

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

Friends of the Galleries get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.

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 comprises of three galleries in the very heart of Edinburgh, home to the Nation’s collection of art all available to hire for special events.