Special event Communities & access, Families & children

Early Openings | Sensory-friendly mornings at the Portrait Gallery

The lift is currently out of order. There is no step-free/wheelchair access to the upper floors. We hope to resolve this issue soon.

  • Sunday 26 March, 9–10am

Booking essential


A relaxed, supported, early morning at the gallery for families with additional sensory needs. Explore the gallery – and take part in some open-ended, creative activities - before it opens to the public at 10am.

Watch an introduction to the Portrait Gallery

Download a sensory map



Everyone is welcome at the National Galleries of Scotland. 

Find out how we make our buildings, services and programmes as accessible and inclusive as possible. 

Portrait Gallery

Watch this short welcome video / social story to prepare you for your visit to the Portrait Gallery. It introduces the people, the spaces and how to get around. 

Information on accessibility at our galleries


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