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Turner in January

On now until Tue 31 Jan 2023

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

All our galleries will be closed on Wednesday 1 February due to industrial action. Find out more.


Scotland’s famous collection of Turner watercolours was left to the nation by the great art collector Henry Vaughan in 1900. Since then, following Vaughan’s strict guidelines, they have only ever been displayed during the month of January, when natural light levels are at their lowest. Because of this, these watercolours still possess a freshness and an intensity of colour, almost 200 years since they were originally created.  

Turner in January, the annual display of these watercolours in Edinburgh, is a keenly awaited tradition for many people in Scotland. At the dawning of the New Year, as we leave behind the darkest days of winter, the bright vitality of Turner’s watercolours is just what we need.  

The watercolours include dramatic landscapes from the Himalayas, the Swiss Alps, and the Isle of Skye. Journeying through Britain, Europe, and beyond, this mesmerising exhibition captures the life and career of this beloved artist. 

Follow the link below to our in-depth feature on JMW Turner, where you can find out more about this great artist, and access the full selection of watercolours usually displayed each January.

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Event accessibility

Exhibition accessibility

  • Wheelchair access



Gallery facilities

Detailed information on accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

There is limited on street parking close by including for those with a blue badge.

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Café
  • Restaurant
Getting here

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

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  • Open daily, 10am–5pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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The Vaughan Bequest Collection

The Vaughan Bequest Collection

The Vaughan Bequest includes 38 artworks by Turner. See them all in our online collection.

Our Friends

Our Friends

Friends of the Galleries get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.

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