Grayson Perry | Smash Hits

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Get ready for some incredible art

Get ready for some incredible art

Join us across our four galleries for exhibitions that are sure to intrigue, fascinate and delight.

Alberta Whittle | create dangerously

An immersive exhibition which invites you to slow down and pause. At the heart of Alberta’s solo show is her generous spirit which promotes compassion and collective care as means of resisting racism and anti-Blackness.

Conversations with the Collection

Taking over the top level of Modern One, this changing programme of displays will offer visitors a brand new way to experience the national collection. 

Decades | The Art of Change 1900–1980

This fascinating, free exhibition takes a journey through 80 years of art, from 1900 to the 1970s. Spanning a period of dramatic change, each work on display is drawn from the Gallery’s world-class collection of modern art.

The Modern Portrait

Many well-known Scottish faces feature here in this vivid cross-section of modern and contemporary portraits from the national collection.

Celebrating Queer Art

Explore LGBTQ+ artists with us as we delve into archives and collections to celebrate queer art. 

Art in the collection

Art in the collection

Explore and search

Explore the online collection of artworks dating from the early Renaissance to the present day. 


Browse over a thousand highlighted artists from Scotland’s collection of world class art in our artist A-Z.


Our art glossary provides context for the terminology used on our site. Explore over 100 terms and discover related artists and artworks

New acquisitions

We continue to acquire artworks that enhance and complement Scotland's national collection.

What's new at the galleries

What's new at the galleries

Your Art World

Your Art World is an online community by and for 3-18 year olds: a place to think, wonder, create and share your art online. Find resources and open-ended challenges to inspire critical thinking, play and individual voice.

King James VI and I – Art and Culture at the Jacobean Court

Curator Kate Anderson looks at a selection of objects from the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland and other UK museums and galleries to shed light on the life and reign of King James.

Scottish Gifts

Shop for gifts inspired by Scottish traditions, and featuring Scottish iconic figures and the rich colours of Scotland's coastline.

LGBTQ+ Voices

Archivist Kirstie Meehan discovers some of the LGBTQ+ voices in our archive.


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Community and access

We invite community and access groups to explore Scotland’s national art collection for free through guided or self-guided visits. These groups also gain free entry to all paying exhibitions.

About the National Galleries of Scotland

We care for, develop, research and display the national collection of Scottish and international art. We aim to engage and inspire through art.

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