The new complex now operates on two levels and includes:
- One of the largest and most impressive temporary exhibition spaces in Europe. Since opening, visitors have been thrilled by ambitious exhibitions such as Monet: The Seine and the Sea (170,000 visitors) The Age of Titian (90,000 visitors) and Ron Mueck (130,000 visitors). This was made possible by generous gifts from the Bank of Scotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Francis Finlay, the Dunard Fund, Carol and Alan Murray, and Cazenove.
- The Gardens Entrance, a new and impressive multi-functional lower-level area, created by the excavation of tons of soil from between the two gallery buildings. Housed here is a full range of visitor services with magnificent views of East Princes Street Gardens. This new building was made possible by the Garfield Weston Foundation in their donation of the largest single gift to the Fundraising Campaign.
- The Clore Education Centre, which was made possible by a £1 million donation from the Clore Duffield Foundation. Within this is a world-class suite of education rooms and facilities funded by the Gannochy Trust.
- The Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, with its handsome cherry wood interior and 200 sumptuous green seats. This is now the centre for a range of events including regular lunchtime lectures, conferences and film screenings.
- The Farmer Concourse, supported by the Tom Farmer Foundation, a meeting and welcoming space that houses the Information Desk, Shop and Café for visitors.
- The IT Gallery, supported by a grant from the Robertson Trust, which has made the Galleries’ Collection more accessible to visitors by providing information and images of a wide range of works through an interactive computer-screen format.
The new complex has enabled the National Galleries of Scotland to expand our ability to play host to a wide range of visitors. We cater for many different tastes, from first-time visitors, to schoolchildren, business people, academics and students, tourists and art lovers throughout Scotland. In fact, only eighteen months after opening the new complex, we had received one million visitors to the Scottish National Gallery at The Mound.