Conserving Scotland's Art

On now until Sun 16 Apr 2023

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

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


Preserving things we love for future generations…   

Ever wanted to have a peek behind the scenes to see what goes on before art is hung at a gallery? This display shines light on the topic and gives a taste of how conservators and conservation technicians preserve art, objects and cultural heritage at the National Galleries of Scotland.   

The Scottish National Gallery is currently undergoing refurbishment, which will culminate in new gallery spaces next year. Conservation has been a vital component of this project. Every artwork set to be exhibited has been examined to ensure they are all in great condition and looking their best.   

This informative display gives a brief overview of what conservation means – spotlighting some of the methods and technical activities such as framing, tools and scientific research.  

As well as explaining what conservation is, the display poses the question – what does conservation mean to you? Interactive elements enable a personal touch. Visitors can suggest what beloved items they would like to preserve or restore for future generations.  

There is also an opportunity to put yourself in the frame by posing for a photo inside an extremely Instagramable picture frame at the photography wall. Don’t forget to pop on a few artistic props so you can truly bring art to life.   

The concept for this display was created with input from 3D Design students at Edinburgh College, and project volunteers helped with the design and build. 

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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.

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  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
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  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Café
  • Restaurant
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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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In the Frame | Conserving Scotland's Art

Scottish National Gallery

Tue 28 Feb 2023

6 - 8pm


Tickets on sale from 10am on Tuesday 7 February

Celebrating Scotland's art

Celebrating Scotland's art

While construction work is ongoing at the Scottish National Gallery we have been busy delivering a full programme of activities, inviting people to discover and connect with historic Scottish art. 

Learn more about this exciting work and access a range of material that you can use to explore the Scottish art collection for yourself.

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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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