Turner in January

As we leave behind the darkest days of winter, enjoy the bright vitality of Turner’s watercolours

All our galleries will be closed on Wednesday 1 February due to industrial action. Find out more.

Which gallery do you want to visit?

Which gallery do you want to visit?

There is so much to discover at all three gallery sites in the centre of Edinburgh.

Scottish National Gallery

Home to one of the greatest art collections in the world.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Modern One

An outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Click and collect your art gifts

Click and collect your art gifts

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Get ready for some incredible art

Get ready for some incredible art

Join us across our four galleries for exhibitions that are sure to intrigue, fascinate and delight.

Conversations with the Collection

Taking over the top level of Modern One, this changing programme of displays will offer visitors a brand new way to experience the national collection. 

New Arrivals

A showcase of our most recent acquisitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 

Conserving Scotland's Art

This display takes a peek behind the scenes to see what goes on before art is hung in a gallery. We find out just how conservators preserve art, objects and cultural heritage at the National Galleries of Scotland.   

Artists at Work 2

Featuring painting, sculpture, photography, illustration and jewellery, Artists at Work 2 is a celebration of the passion and skill of those charged with caring for and sharing the nation's art collection for the world.

Unmissable upcoming exhibitions

Unmissable upcoming exhibitions

A major Grayson Perry retrospective, the largest exhibition of Alberta Whittle’s career to date, a solo show by Do Ho Suh, and printmakers’ treasures are also among highlights of our exciting new exhibitions programme.

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.

Celebrating Queer Art

Explore LGBTQ+ artists with us as we delve into archives and collections to celebrate queer art. 

Find out more

What's new at the galleries

What's new at the galleries

Your Art World

Your Art World is an online community by and for 3-18 year olds: a place to think, wonder, create and share your art online. Find resources and open-ended challenges to inspire critical thinking, play and individual voice.

King James VI and I – Art and Culture at the Jacobean Court

Curator Kate Anderson looks at a selection of objects from the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland and other UK museums and galleries to shed light on the life and reign of King James.

Scottish Gifts

Shop for gifts inspired by Scottish traditions, and featuring Scottish iconic figures and the rich colours of Scotland's coastline.

LGBTQ+ Voices

Archivist Kirstie Meehan discovers some of the LGBTQ+ voices in our archive.


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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.

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

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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.