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Scottish National Gallery visit

10am-5pm daily

Admission free | Advance booking required


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

The Scottish National Gallery is now open. 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.
  • Booking is now open and can be made up to two weeks in advance of your visit.
  • Bookings can be made for up to six people for a visit. Each individual booking can be made up of no more than members of two 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]

Everything you need to know about your visit can be found below, or in 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

We have had to limit what we can safely put on display within the Gallery. This includes not being able to open our upstairs back rooms (Rooms 14-18) where the Glasgow Boys and our Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works are normally displayed. Find out here what is not currently on display.


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Gallery facilities

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

Exhibition Closing Soon

Scottish National Gallery visit


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

The displays below are all included as part of your visit and include works by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck, Tiepolo, Landseer, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and Angelica Kauffmann.

A small number of rooms are temporarily closed so we can conform with safe physical distancing measures.

Dutch and Flemish Art 1600—1700

Highlights include works by van Dyck, Rubens and Vermeer.

Gothic/Renaissance 1300—1550

The two main themes of early Netherlandish and German painting can be discovered here: religious subjects for public and private devotion, and portraiture

Southern Baroque 1580—1680

The Baroque period encompassed a broad range of artistic styles, from the naturalistic to the emotive; demonstrated through works by Velázquez, Murillo and El Greco

Painting as Spectacle

The years 1785-1865 were the era of the ‘statement picture’. Spectacular paintings of a colossal size were created with educated and cultured audiences in mind.

Scottish Art 1670 — 1840

This display showcases a selection of Scottish masterpieces featuring key works by Scottish artists as well as much loved works from the collection.

Italian Renaissance 1470—1600

This display is dominated by works painted in the Venetian Republic and its northern territories – at a time when it was at the height of its commercial and artistic prowess.

Rococo to Revolution

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.

Poussin's Sacraments

Painted in Rome by the French artist Nicolas Poussin, the Seven Sacraments is one of the greatest sets of paintings in the history of Western art.

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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