Special event Families & children

Autism-Friendly Early Openings (All Ages)

  • Sunday 27 October, 9-10am

Booking essential: call 0131 624 6428 or email [email protected]


All families affected by Autism are invited to explore the Portrait Gallery before the doors open to the public and take part in creative, sensory activities.

Sun 27 October - Cloaks and Clothes - Visit our historical portraits and feel our sensory fabrics.  Make a collage or a 'Den' in the Library.
Sun 24 November - Jewels and Accessories - come and see our elaborate hats and jewellery!  Make a badge, brooch or headpiece to take home.
Sat 14 December - Light and Dark - have a peaceful time with the twinkling lights of the Great Hall and make garlands from our sensory materials.
Sun 26 January - Behind Closed Doors - Open cupboards, look inside.  Make your own 'lift the flap' artwork.
Sat 29 February - Sights and Sounds - Listen carefully to the sounds of the gallery as you climb to the top.  Collect objects along the way and make your own gentle music amongst the portraits.

Numbers very limited, booking essential.

Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access
  • Signed (British Sign Language)

Gallery facilities

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org.

We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Accessible toilets
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

Our Friends

Our Friends

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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