The Modern Portrait

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

The Modern Portrait display will be partially closed then closed between Monday 30 May and Friday 3 June. Find out more.


This display collates some of the most recognisable modern and contemporary portraits from the national collection.

This rich survey of paintings, sculpture and works in other media features figures from science, politics, the arts, business and sport - it is a cross-section of well-known Scottish faces, including Billy Connolly, Alan Cumming, Tilda Swinton, Annie Lennox, Joan Eardley, Robert Colquhoun, Sir Chris Hoy and Naomi Mitchison.

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Display accessibility

  • Large print labels
  • Wheelchair access



Gallery facilities

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • Toilets for gallery visitors
Getting here

Getting here

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

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

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Gallery Social (dementia-friendly) Live in-gallery | The Modern Portrait

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Fri 27 May 2022

10:30am - 12 noon


booking essential

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