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Scottish National Portrait Gallery visit

From Sun 8 Nov 2020 - Sun 22 Nov 2020

10am-5pm Sun-Tues (Closed Wed-Sat)

Admission free | Advance booking required

About

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery will reopen on 8 November for three days a week (Sunday-Tuesday). The gallery will be closed from Wednesday-Saturday. 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 four 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

Event accessibility

Exhibition accessibility

  • Wheelchair access

Location

Gallery facilities

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org.

We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • No lockers
  • Toilets for gallery visitors

Getting here

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

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

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD.
Closed until 8 November.
From 8 November: 10am-5pm Sunday-Tuesday. Closed Wednesday-Saturday.

Exhibition Coming Soon

Scottish National Portrait Gallery visit

Donations

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 Modern Portrait and Library on the first floor remain closed.

You are here 2020

This exhibition explores some of the issues facing Scotland right now via stories, portraits and ideas about the future submitted by people across the nation.

Imagining Power

This dramatic display considers the Jacobites - those loyal to the deposed Stuart dynasty at home and abroad.

The Remaking of Scotland

Subtitled Nation, Migration, Globalisation 1760-1860 this display explores the lives and careers of the Scots behind this period of dramatic change.

Scots in ltaly

This display explores the Scottish experience of Italy in the eighteenth-century, the period when fascination with the country reached its height.

Reformation to Revolution

At the beginning of the sixteenth century Scotland was a Catholic state governed by the Stewart dynasty. By the close of the seventeenth century the monarchy, church and parliament had all changed drastically.

Heroes and Heroines

This exhibition re-examines some major Scottish figures, from Thomas Carlyle to Andrew Carnegie, raises questions about the nature of hero-worship and the values that were upheld by our Victorian forebears. Women artists, scientists, writers and suffragists provide a strong female presence.

The King’s Last Day

At the centre of this display is the intriguing and gory painting of the Execution of Charles I by an unknown Dutch artist.

Art and Analysis

Focussing on the two 17th-century artists Adrian Vanson and Adam de Colone, this small exhibition presents the findings of a collaborative research project.

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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