Scottish National Gallery visit

Open Thu-Sat, 10am-5pm
(daily from 1 July)

Admission free | Advance booking required


From 1 July the Gallery will open seven days a week, 10am-5pm.

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh the Scottish National Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world.

  • We've instituted a free, timed ticketing system.
  • Admission is free, but tickets must be booked here in advance. Everyone, except babes in arms, is 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]

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.

We have had to limit what we can safely put on display within the Gallery. This includes not being able to open our upstairs rooms (Rooms 14-18) where the Glasgow Boys and our Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works are normally displayed however we have moved some key works to the ground floor to make these incredibly popular works accessible to visitors. They include Olive Trees by Vincent van Gogh, Haystacks by Claude Monet and Vision of the Sermon by Paul Gauguin. Visitors will also be able to reconnect with other masterpieces such as Diego Velázquez’s An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, Sir Edwin Landseer’s iconic Monarch of the Glen and Sir Henry Raeburn’s Reverend Robert Walker (1755 - 1808), famously known as the Skating Minister.  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.

  • Open Thu-Sat, 10am-5pm<br> (daily from 1 July)
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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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, Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Van Gogh and Angelica Kauffmann.

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

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

This small display include highlights from our collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art works including works by Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet and Van Gogh. 

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.

Cabinet pictures

Once the preserve of royalty and the nobility, the collecting and commissioning of paintings become progressively widespread over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, both north and south of the Alps.

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.


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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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