The Scottish National Portrait Gallery re-opened on the 1st of December 2011, following Portrait of the Nation, a 2 1/2 year refurbishment.  The project had 3 main aims:

  • to restore and reveal much more of the building than ever before
  • to show many more works of art, and introduce a new, regularly changing display programme
  • to create first-class education and visitor services

There are now 60% more works on show than before, improved visitor facilities and an exciting new programme of activities and events.

If you have any questions about the Portrait of the Nation, please contact one of our project team on 0131 624 6248 or on

You can also visit Heads Up, our project blog, or find out how you can still support Portrait of the Nation in this exciting time in the Gallery's history.