Stay safe, enjoy art

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

Explore the collection

In order to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff, our galleries are closed for the time being. To find out more visit 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 - inspired by the artist Karla Black - we're getting you to use ALL of your senses to make things

Look, hear

Musicians Iona Fyfe an Luc McNally recorded this intimate performance inspired by artworks depicting rainbows in the national collection. The performance is for all to enjoy, but has been created particularly for those with dementia, their families, supporters and carers in mind.

Can you help identify these images?

Can your diverse knowledge, expertise, insight and interests help us identify the people and places in some of the 14,000 plus images in the MacKinnon Collection?

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 | What makes an artwork iconic?

Video | What makes an artwork iconic?

You asked and we answered. We looked through feedback we received from visitors and have made a series of films answering some of the most frequently asked questions. The first, using Roy Lichtenstein's In the Car as an example, tries to answer the really quite complicated question: 'What makes a painting iconic?' Look out for more short films to follow in the coming weeks.


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.