School Visits

Discover the inspiration and power of the visual arts, through historic, modern and contemporary art. Gallery visits align closely with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence to nurture creativity, develop skills and deepen understanding of culture in Scotland and the world.  

You can also take inspiration from our online learning resources for ideas to engage learners with art, wherever you are.  

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Plan a visit

Plan a visit

We are now welcoming a limited number of self-led groups back to the gallery. Sign up to our schools email newsletter for regular updates.

Early years

Book a gallery visit for 3-5 year olds to discover the stories and magic of art.

Primary school

Book a group visit to experience the inspiration and power of art.

Secondary school / FE

Book a group visit to deepen understanding of art in Scotland and the world.

Higher education

The galleries are a valuable resource for students and tutors in higher education. Book a self-led visit now.



Explore our teachers' resources, for use in the classroom and in the gallery.

Explore our resources

You 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

Learning through pictures

Whether you want to introduce a new topic, encourage literacy or just get to know your students better, art postcards can be used in many ways across the curriculum.

Scottish identity

Taking the iconic painting Monarch of Glen as a starting point this resource asks the question 'Who decides who we are?' For upper primary and secondary pupils.


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
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

Book now

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Learning and Engagement contact details

If you're looking for more information on creative opportunities, professional learning for teachers, or school visits please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.

+44 (0)131 624 6410

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