The Scottish National Gallery Project: how might it affect your visit?

The Scottish National Gallery project will create brand new, light-filled spaces for the Gallery’s unrivalled collection of Scottish art, raising its profile for visitors from all over the world.

We are still open whilst we do these works and very much hope that you enjoy your visit. However, there will be some changes due to the construction work…

Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, About 1485

Room closures

A small number of rooms will be closed to the public whilst the project is underway. Both the Lower Level (where Scottish art was displayed in the past) and room 1 (where, until recently, early Renaissance art was displayed) of the Scottish National Gallery are already closed to the public. Until completion of the project, key Scottish paintings will be displayed in rooms 10-13 and room 17, whilst key early Renaissance artworks will be displayed in room 2.

During the period 12-24 November 2018, rooms 8-9 (containing Dutch and Flemish art) and 14-16 (containing 18th-19th Century art) will be closed for re-hanging.

From late November 2018 until the completion of the project, rooms 8, 15 and 16 of the Gallery will be closed to the public. During this time, key Dutch and Flemish paintings from room 8 will be re-hung in room 9, whilst key 18th/19th-century paintings from rooms 15-16 will be re-hung elsewhere in the Gallery.

Facilities

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant and the main shop will remain open throughout the project excepting a period of refurbishment, January - April 2019. During this period of refurbishment, the café near the front of the Scottish National Gallery will remain open, as will the pop-up shop in room 5 and the Princes Street Shop near the front of the Royal Scottish Academy.

The toilets, lockers and information desk, all located on the Gardens Level, will remain open throughout the project.

The toilets located on the ground floor of the Scottish National Gallery, and all toilets in the Royal Scottish Academy, will also remain open throughout the project.

We have had to remove the disabled parking bays from use temporarily. They will be reinstated in April 2019.

Access

The front entrance of the Scottish National Gallery will remain open.

Throughout the project, in order to reach the Gardens Level (containing The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant, the main shop, toilets, lockers and information desk) visitors will need to use the staircase or lift at the rear of the Royal Scottish Academy.

From January until April 2019, the Gardens Entrance to the Scottish National Gallery will be closed to the public. During this period, access to the toilets, lockers and information desk on the Gardens Level will be maintained through the rear of the Royal Scottish Academy.

During the period 12-24 November 2018, the south lift of the Scottish National Gallery will be out of commision, and as a result there will be no disabled access to rooms 17 and 18, where we show 19th and early 20th Century Art, including Scottish Art, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

From mid-December until the completion of the project, work will take place to install a new lift at the south end of the Gallery, and there will be no disabled access to rooms 14, 17 and 18 for this longer period.

We apologise for any inconvenience the above changes may cause.  

25 September 2018