Families

Hello, nice to see you here! 

Here are some things to help you, and your family, get the most from a visit to the gallery - or support your art-making wherever you are!

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Things to do at the gallery

Things to do at the gallery

Fun for families whatever the weather!

Art chat | Conversations with the Collection

Designed for families aged 6+ this guide helps you explore the different artworks in our Conversations with the Collection exhibition and encourages you to make your own. Available to pick up in gallery or download.

Art chat | New Arrivals

Designed for families aged 6+ this guide helps you explore the different artworks in our New Arrivals exhibition and encourages you to make your own. Available to pick up in gallery or download.

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.

Events for families

Events for families

Join in! We have a year round programme of free family activity for all ages and stages. 

Your Visit

Seats

If you need to take a break, there are seats throughout the galleries and portable folding stools that you can take with you – just ask if you’re unsure.

Food and drink

For the safety of the artworks, eating and drinking in the galleries is not allowed. The grounds of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art also make a perfect picnic spot. Princes Street Gardens, next to the Scottish National Gallery, is also a great place for a picnic. Children are also welcome in all our gallery cafés.

Access

Access for buggies and wheelchairs is available at the main entrances of the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Modern One. For the Academy Building and Modern Two, please use the back entrance. All galleries have lifts.

Lockers

We have lockers available (£1/£2) and buggies are welcomed as are baby carriers.

Car parking

There is pay and display parking at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Charges apply. The Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery are served by city centre parking.

Accessibility

Accessibility and 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

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Bike rack
  • Toilets for gallery visitors
  • Café
Which gallery do you want to visit?

Which gallery do you want to visit?

There is so much to discover at all three gallery sites in the centre of Edinburgh.

Scottish National Gallery

Home to one of the greatest art collections in the world.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Modern One

An outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Things to do at home

Things to do at home

Your Art World

Your Art World is an online community by and for 3-18 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.

Art around you

Activities to help inspire your art-making, wherever you are. They require absolutely NO ART MATERIALS - just lots of creative thinking and imagination!

Holiday activities

A selection of new activity prompts and videos to help keep your family creative over the holidays, and beyond. They are inspired by the idea 'You Are Here' - let's make art that celebrates our time at home, with the people we care about most.

Art Stomps

This video series was made to accompany a series of live workshops at the gallery. We hope you enjoy the ideas, wherever you are!  You can upload your art to the Your Art World gallery.

Art Stomps | Give

Outdoor art-making inspiration for you and your little one. In this film we look closely at a sculpture by Tracey Emin - and make gifts inspired by the marks, textures and shapes that we can see..

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Art Stomps | Take notice

Outdoor art-making inspiration for you and your little one. In this film we'll be zooming up close to spot different marks and textures in this sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, and then creating our own! 

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Art Stomps | Be active

Outdoor art-making inspiration for you and your little one. In this film we'll be using our whole bodies to make art with chalk, toy cars, balls, paint, straws and marbles!

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Art Stomps | Connect

Outdoor art-making inspiration for you and your little one. In this film we'll be giving you tips to create your own nature-inspired installations in your nearest green space.

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How can we help

Our friendly gallery attendants are there to help you make the most of your visit; ask if you need anything. A gallery is not somewhere you always have to ‘wheesht’; we welcome conversations, questions and responses (including baby gurgles!) from all of our visitors.

Don’t miss out!

Don’t miss out!

Sign up for our Family newsletter for a seasonal email about what’s coming up.

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

[email protected]