Discover, create and be inspired at the National Galleries of Scotland

Take part in an activity, read an artist blog, listen to a music concert recorded in the gallery or find resources to help you make the most from a visit to the gallery.

The National Galleries of Scotland is a place where everyone can come and learn, be creative and make their own connections to the nation's art collection. We programme a range of inspiring talks, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and more - designed for all ages, abilities, and experiences.



Video and audio to spark curiosity, lose yourself in and hear from different perspectives.

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Explore Deaf history | Walter Geikie

British Sign Language (BSL) presenter Trudi Collier and Senior Curator Helen Smailes explore the fascinating story of Edinburgh-born artist, Walter Geikie.

Music at National Galleries of Scotland

A series of short performances recorded in our gallery spaces, brought to you by our partners Live Music Now Scotland, in response to artworks in the collection.

Opening talk | Alberta Whittle

To mark the opening of her major solo exhibition at Modern One artist Alberta Whittle spoke to chief curator Lucy Askew.

Service to Empire | A Play by Maud Sulter

Maud Sulter wrote the play Service to Empire in 2002. In 2022, we hosted a special livestream of a filmed rehearsed reading, nearly 20 years after it was first written.



Dive deeper into artworks, gain insights from artists and curators and explore past performances and exhibitions.

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Remaking our histories | Scotland, Slavery and Empire

Lisa Williams takes as a starting point a selection of portraits of famous Scots, and considers in detail how integral the Transatlantic slave trade system was to Scotland’s development during this period.

Maths in motion

This learning resource offers six activities to ignite interest in both maths and art. For early, first and second level. 

Scottish identity

This series of resources suggests simple approaches to exploring Scottish identity, using artworks, questions and activities to encourage creative thinking. Suitable for second, third and fourth levels (9-15 years).

Celebrating the visually impaired programme

2022 marked 20 years of the Visually Impaired Programme at the National Galleries of Scotland!

Learning resources

Learning resources

Art is a tool that can help us make sense of the world around us. We've gathered resources to help teachers inspire children and young people to develop a positive sense of self, think for themselves, stay well and grow their creativity skills (problem solving, imagination, curiosity and open mindedness).

Take part

Take part

Join us for one of our live workshops, concerts, talks, tours or storytelling sessions - online or in person. There's something for everyone.


We run regular events for families of all ages and stages - both online and at the galleries. Our artist-led sessions are confidence-boosting, interactive, free and fun for the whole family. 

Access events

We run regular events for visitors with specific access needs. This includes Deaf-led British Sign Language (BSL) tours, tours and workshops for visually impaired visitors and regular and special events for anyone affected by dementia.


Our events for adults include a regular programme of talks and lectures, live music performances and our Drawing Room sessions which encourage you to explore the range of possibilities within contemporary drawing practice.


Are you challenged, inspired or mystified by contemporary art? Then join our monthly art discussion group. We organise a year of informal discussions with artists and curators, providing out of hours access to galleries and studio spaces across Edinburgh. 

Your Art World

Your Art World

Your Art World is an online community by and for 3 to 18-year-olds: a place to think, wonder, create and share your art online. Find resources and open-ended challenges to inspire critical thinking, play and individual voice.

Visit us

Visit us

We welcome group visits to the galleries. Be inspired by the international art collection and special exhibitions, take part in activities and explore the resources available.

School visits

Inspire creative thinking by booking workshops and self-led / supported visits that enhance the 3-18 curriculum and support health & wellbeing.

Community & access groups

We invite community and access groups to explore Scotland’s national collection for free through guided or self-led visits and free entry to all ticketed exhibitions.


Groups of 10 or more adults can book self-led visits to view the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Enhance your visit

Enhance your visit

Make the most of your day in the gallery with these trails, audio guides and resources.


Discover the stories behind the art with Smartify, the free informative art app. Download before your visits and enjoy access additional information about the artworks on display and audio guides using their own phone.

Audio described tour | Sculpture park

Join artist Juliana Capes as she takes you on a touch tour of the sculpture park at the Modern.

Family activities

We have a wealth of activities for you to enjoy including trails, sensory stories and fun activities.

How to look at art

We all see things differently. These resources offer simple prompts to start a conversation about any artwork, with learners of all ages.



Everyone is welcome at the National Galleries of Scotland. 

Find out how we make our buildings, services and programmes as accessible and inclusive as possible. 

Learning & Engagement contact details

If you're looking for more information on our learning programmes, please get in touch with our team who will be happy to advise and help plan your group visit.

+44 (0)131 624 6410

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