Home to some of the world's most famous art

Our galleries

Our galleries

Scottish National Gallery

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh and home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Modern One

An outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art, including a centenary Joan Eardley display

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life

Explore the life and work of one of the most important artists of the 20th century at Modern Two.

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Booking recommended

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Come face to face with the people who shape Scotland’s past, present and future

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Opening hours

All our galleries are open. Visit the venue pages National, Portrait and Modern for more information about venues. 

  Scottish National Gallery Modern One Modern Two Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Galleries Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm
Cafes

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4pm)
Cafe Espresso
Daily, 10am-4pm

Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm) Paolozzi's Kitchen
Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm)
Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm)
Shops Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Closed

Safety information

  • In line with Scottish Government advice we strongly recommend our visitors and staff wear face coverings in our galleries.

  • We ask that you respect physical distancing from others during your visit.

  • If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

  • Download Smartify to access our highlights tour, large print labels and get more information about the artworks during your visit.

Discover the stories within

Discover the stories within

There’s more to the National Galleries of Scotland than meets the eye.

Relax and explore the grounds

Relax and explore the grounds

Visit the grounds at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Explore the sculpture park. Enjoy coffee or a snack at the Modern Two pop-up café.

Walk, Talk, Make Sculpture Trail

You and your family can find out about some artists, their artworks and follow prompts to make your own art with this trail.

Sensory Sculpture Trail

A series of six creative prompts, around the grounds, to help you experience the artworks with your body, breath, ears, eyes and mind.

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Display

Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

Scottish National Gallery

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Must see
Exhibition Just Opened

Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life

Modern Two

Until Sun 2 Oct 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm

£15-12, concessions available

Must see
Exhibition

Counted | Scotland's Census 2022

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Until Sun 25 Sep 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Featured events

Featured events

Lecture or talk

Screening | George Mackay Brown: The Storm Watchers (in person)

Scottish National Gallery

Tue 31 May 2022

12:30 - 1:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Lecture or talk SOLD OUT

Spin | Tour and Discussion: Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life

Modern Two

Thu 26 May 2022

6 - 7:30pm

£10

Booking essential

Special event

Early openings | Autism and sensory-friendly mornings

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Sun 26 Jun 2022

9 - 10am

Free

Booking essential

Accessibility

Accessibility & facilities

The following accessibility and building facilities are universally available at all three of our gallery sites. We encourage you to check the individual facilities for each of the National, Portrait and Modern galleries to help plan your visit further.

Accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

  • Wheelchair access
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Bike rack
Things to do at the gallery

Things to do at the gallery

Fun for families whatever the weather!

Barbara Hepworth Art Sketch

Activities designed to help you stop, take notice and create your own sketches to inspire your own sculptures and installations – inspired by what’s around you. For ages 6+.

Art Spot

What... or who will you spot - when you take a visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery?

Walk, Talk, Make Sculpture Trail

You and your family can find out about the artists, their artworks and follow prompts to make your own art with this outdoor trail.

Art Stomps

Sculpture-hunting, leaf-kicking, outdoor art-making at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, specially made for the under fives!

Sensory Sculpture Stories

Stories to encourage you to use your senses to enjoy and experience the sculptures in the grounds of Modern One.

Draw & Explore

Draw & explore your way around the Scottish National Gallery with this downloadable sketchbook. Download here or pick up your copy at the gallery.

Keep up-to-date

Keep up-to-date

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Our partner galleries

Our partner galleries

Duff house

A five-star country house and gallery, run in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, Historic Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. Highlights on display include works by El Greco, Gainsborough and Raeburn.

Paxton House

Situated on the banks of the River Tweed, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Paxton House boasts the largest purpose-built picture gallery in a Scottish country house. On display is a large group of paintings on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland.

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About the National Galleries

About the National Galleries

The National Galleries of Scotland cares for, develops, researches and displays the national collection of Scottish and international art and, with a lively and innovative programme of activities, exhibitions, education and publications, aims to engage, inform and inspire the broadest possible public.