Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art visit | Modern One

Open Sun-Tue 10am-5pm

Admission free | Advance booking required


Welcome to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art. 

Those visiting will have their very own special experiences with the much-loved artworks of the nation’s exceptional art collection, as initially, 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 here in advance. Everyone, except babes in arms, are required to have a ticket.
  • Bookings can be for six people from three households for an indoor space such as our gallery buildings or cafés. Bookings for outdoor spaces like our cafe terraces can be for eight people from eight households.
  • If you have already booked a ticket but cannot make, or need to exchange it for another time slot, get in touch with us at [email protected]
  • Advance booking for Cafe Modern One is not required.

Everything you need to know can be found below, or on our Frequently Asked Questions.

While we've not been able to have you in our gallery buildings we've been quietly keeping busy with getting everything ready for when you return. We have signed up to the Good to Go scheme to show we are committed to meeting current Scottish Government health and safety standards for our buildings and staff.

Find out what displays are included in this visit


Gallery facilities

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org for Modern One and Modern Two.

Parking for visitors is available at both Modern One and Modern Two. A donation is requested of £3 for up to 4 hours and £6 for 4-8 hours. Our payment meters have contactless capability.

  • Wheelchair access
  • Disabled parking
  • Bike rack
  • Parking

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

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

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Modern One
Open Sun-Tue, 10am-5pm (daily from 29 July)

Modern Two
Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art visit | Modern One


Donations may be administered by the National Galleries of Scotland Foundation (No. SCO43024). This has been set-up to support five key areas for the National Galleries of Scotland: Acquisitions, Exhibitions, Education, Conservation, and Access and Audiences.

National Galleries of Scotland is a charity registered in Scotland (No. SCO03728).

Included in this visit

Included in this visit

Beyond Realism | Dada and Surrealism

Beyond Realism brings together some of the finest examples of Dada and Surrealist art from the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection, featuring works by artists such as Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte.

Joan Eardley & Catterline

This celebratory two-room display will mark 100 years since the birth of Eardley, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential painters of her generation.


Works form the collection that explore cubism and its influence around the Europe. With works by PIcasso and Braque and examples from  Italian Futurism; British Vorticism and Russian Suprematism and Constructivism.

Expressive Art in the Early 20th Century

Expressive works made by artists across Europe, illustrating how artistic ideas were spreading, as ‘Modernism’ was being taken up by more and more artists.

Figurative Art in Britain 1918-1945

The works in this display illustrate different approaches to figurative art. With works by William McCance, James Cowie, Mackintosh Patrick, Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood.

Abstract Art and Britain

From the early years of the twentieth century artists wondered if they could create paintings that, like music, could be composed without referring to a subject, relying instead upon patterns of colour, line and form. This display looks at Abstract Art and Britain between the Wars.

Art at the Turn of the Century

Art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was both forward and backward looking. The complex nature of these years makes for a fascinating range of views on the world.

Contemporary Painters

This room brings together artists whose work critically engages with and expands the field of contemporary painting. Included in the display are works by Michael Armitage, Chris Ofili, Carol Rhodes, Thomas Scheibitz and Raqib Shaw.

Keeping you safe on your visit

Keeping you safe on your visit

We have signed up to Check In Scotland, a voluntary service which enables visitors to quickly and securely provide their contact details to asssist with COVID-19 contact tracing.

Book online

Admission is via a ticketed entry system which must be booked in advance online only. 

Additional cleaning

We have instituted a programme of deep cleaning of the Galleries and will have staff onsite cleaning all touch points throughout the day.

One-way system

To keep you safe, one-way routes are in place throughout the Galleries.

Maintain a safe distance

We are asking all visitors to adhere to current physical distancing rules.

Face coverings

In line with Government guidelines, we are asking all visitors over the age of 5 to bring and wear a face covering. Our staff will be wearing face coverings.

Hand sanitiser

Hand sanitiser is available in key areas, along with increased cleaning regimes in toilets and other high use areas.

Timed visitor slots

We are limiting the number of visitors coming into our galleries via timed visitor slots. We hope that this will make you feel safe when re-engaging with much-loved artworks.

Feeling unwell?

If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.


Download Smartify to access our highlights tour, large print labels and get more information about the artworks during your visit.

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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