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 remain 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.

Also, until the completion of the project, rooms 8, 15 and 16 of the Gallery will be closed. 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. 

Our gallery floor plan contains more information about room closures.

Gallery floor plans

Our floor plans contain details of entrances, facilities and room closures during the project.

Facilities

You can find a new counter service café, Espresso, in the Mound entrance foyer of the Scottish National Gallery (on the ground level, off the precinct). There is a souvenir shop in room 5 on the ground level of the Gallery and a shop near the front of the Royal Scottish Academy.

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is now open but the main shop on the Gardens Level is temporarily closed and will reopen in September 2019, in order to accommodate the development works in this area of the Gallery.

The toilets and information desk, all located on the Gardens Level, will remain open throughout the project. The information desk will be temporarily relocated until September 2019 - still on the Gardens Level, but by the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, rather than in the main concourse. This is where you can buy tickets for events and exhibitions.

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. There are accessible toilets in the Scottish National Gallery, the Royal Scottish Academy and on the Gardens Level.

The disabled parking bays are currently not in use.

Access

The front entrance of the Scottish National Gallery remains open. The Gardens Entrance to the Scottish National Gallery is closed until August 2019 due to ongoing project work. During this period, in order to reach the Gardens Level (currently containing toilets, and information desk) visitors will need to use the staircase or lift at the rear of the Royal Scottish Academy.

Work is currently taking place to install a new lift at the south end of the Gallery, meaning there will be no disabled access to rooms 14, 17 and 18, where we show 18th, 19th and early 20th Century Art, including Scottish Art, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, until the completion of the project.

We apologise for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Please check this page frequently for further updates.

Find out more about disabled access at the Scottish National Gallery

Disabled Access

During the construction work being undertaken as part of the Scottish National Gallery Project, there will be some changes to the building which will affect disabled access and facilities. We have put together a guide to assist with planning a visit.

Find out more