Access Groups


Guided tours of the permanent art collections and paying exhibitions are FREE for community access groups. They last for 1 hour and must be booked with a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice.

We can offer descriptive tours for groups with visual impairment and tours with portable hearing loops for those with hearing impairment, a BSL interpreter can be arranged. There are two wheelchairs available at each gallery for visitors to borrow.

Groups may also book a self-guided visit and explore the National Galleries of Scotland under their own steam and free entry to special exhibitions can be arranged. We  require 2 weeks notice for self-guided bookings.

Make a booking enquiry. 

Memories are Made of This: Programmes for older people

Reminiscence Sessions

A regular programme of themed reminiscence sessions, inspired by the collections at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Sessions are suitable for community groups, care homes and those with Dementia. These flexible sessions last 1.5 hours and comprise a short gallery tour and the chance to explore our resource boxes. Over a cup of tea and refreshments, participants are invited to share memories and socialise in a relaxing environment.

Our reminiscence themes are: Sports & Hobbies, Childhood and Working Life 

Make a booking enquiry.

Special Events

We hold regular special events such as tea dances, concerts or art workshops for older people linked to themes within the collections.

For more information or to be added to the mailing list for special events please contact Meg Faragher, 0131 624 6428,