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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

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. 

You are Here 2022

This display, running throughout 2022, celebrates and shares recent and ongoing collaborative projects with partner organisations across the country. 

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.

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.

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 & I – Art & 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.

‘Friends and Family’ Shopping Weekend 2022

15% off your purchases from Friday 25 November to Sunday 27 November.

In store and online, using the discount code aTHaPw2k at checkout.
Terms apply.

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.

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.