2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions

Images captured by members of the public reflecting on the events of last year

All of our Gallery buildings are closed until further notice in line with Scottish Government restrictions.

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.

Scotland's Art | The Glasgow Girls

In this new series devoted to Scottish Art, we look at the styles and schools that have shaped Scotland's Art and uncover some of the nation’s finest artists.


Explore this series on our YouTube Channel

What's new at the galleries

What's new at the galleries

Art around you

Art activities for children of all ages and stages to look at, talk about and make their own discoveries about art, at home.

Home Concert

Award winning harpist, Sophie Rocks performs an engaging and joyful concert of classical music responding to ballet-inspired artworks in the collection.

New for spring

Step into spring with these new art-inspired gifts to wear and share.

Dismal Thoughts | Thomas Carlyle on Race

Lisa Williams, Director of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association, responds to the portraits of controversial nineteenth-century essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881).

Our galleries

Our galleries

Scottish National Gallery

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

Closed until further notice.

Modern One

Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

Closed until further notice.

Modern Two

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

Closed until further notice.

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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

Closed until further notice.


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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.