2000 to present


The front lawn of the Gallery of Modern Art is dramatically transformed by Charles Jencks’s sculpture Landform Ueda. The sculpture comprises a stepped, serpentine-shaped mound reflected in three crescent-shaped pools of water.


Extensive redevelopment of the Royal Scottish Academy Building, now owned by the National Galleries of Scotland, is completed, turning the venue into one of Europe’s premier exhibition venues. Its first exhibition in the newly developed space, Monet: The Seine and the Sea, attracts record visitors of over 170,000.


The Gallery of Modern Art wins the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year for its Landform Ueda.

The second phase of works on The Mound is completed through the creation of an underground link – overlooking Princes Street Gardens – that connects the National Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy Building. The new space provides state-of-the-art visitor facilities: education suites, a new restaurant and café, a lecture theatre/cinema and an IT Gallery.


The National Galleries holds its biggest-ever contemporary art show, consisting of ten sculptures by Ron Mueck. The exhibition attracts 130,000 visitors.