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Rococo to Revolution

10am-5pm daily

Admission free | Advance booking required

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The Scottish National Gallery is open now using a free, timed ticketing system. Book up to two weeks in advance now.

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The eighteenth century was a dynamic era, informed by new, ‘enlightened’ ideas about mankind and its place in the world. It ended however in violence, with revolutions in America and France. European art in this period was strikingly diverse. As the century progressed the playful and decorative ‘Rococo’ style was replaced by Neo-classicism, a simpler and more severe approach to art inspired by classical culture.

This revival of the spirit of the ancient past was fostered by the Grand Tour, whereby wealthy young men travelled to Italy to complete their education, often commissioning portraits and other works of art. At the turn of the century, following the French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon adopted the neo-classical style for propaganda purposes.

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We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

Find out more about disabled access at the Scottish National Gallery

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • Baby change for gallery visitors
  • No lockers
  • Toilets for gallery visitors

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

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

  • 10am-5pm daily
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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Book your visit to the Scottish National Gallery

We will be limiting the number of visitors in each gallery at any one time. To manage this we've instituted a free, timed ticketing system.

Admission is free, but tickets must be booked in advance.

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