Stay safe, enjoy art

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

Explore the collection

We are currently planning for our reopening. Health and safety and the visitor experience are at the heart of this, and we look forward to welcoming you all back soon. Look out for updates here our website, social media channels and email newsletters. All details are in 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

A treasure trove of creative activities pulled together during lockdown to help you make your own discoveries about art at home. No materials, printers or art expertise required to enjoy these!

Gallery socials

Join artists from our regular programme as they invite you into their homes to relax, enjoy a cuppa and explore some art together. These videos have been created for anyone affected by dementia and their families, supporters and carers, but are open to all to enjoy!

Is this your cup of tea?

If you're missing the cafes while they're closed, you might enjoy this blog! It explores some of the links between our collection and the legendary Crawford's Tea Rooms in Edinburgh.

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.


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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.
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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.