Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema

Booking is now open for our incredible autumn exhibition.

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We are beginning a process of phased reopening. The Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) are now open.

We're reopening!

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. Booking is now open. Everything you need to know about your visit can be found here, or in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Our galleries

Our galleries

Scottish National Gallery

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

Now open

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Modern One

Home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art including NOW | Katie Paterson

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Modern Two

Our gallery reopens with our blockbuster exhibition Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

Reopening Saturday 24 October

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Come face to face with the people who shaped Scotland’s past, present and future at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Reopening this autumn

Welcome back

We've put a few new things in place to enhance your experience. Here's the essential, need to know info.


This week at the galleries

This week at the galleries

While we are in the process of reopening, there's plenty to do and see online, with new content added each week.

Explore the collection

While our buildings are closed you can explore the art in our collection online.

Home is where the art is

A treasure trove of creative activities pulled together during lockdown to help you make your own discoveries about art at home. No materials, printers or art expertise required to enjoy these!

The life and work of James Tassie

Join Curator of Portraiture Liz Louis as she considers James Tassie’s portrait medallions of the ‘great and the good’ of eighteenth-century society.

Coffee Lounge

Meeting in town? Why not join us in our Coffee Lounge, part of The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant. Open 11am-4pm daily. Booking not required.


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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 the collection 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

The National Galleries of Scotland continues to acquire artworks that enhance and complement our collection.

Support us

Support us

In these uncertain times we need your support more than ever.
Please consider making a donation or joining our Friends.

What we do

What we do

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.

Commercial services

We offer a wide range of commercial services including venue hire for events and filming, product wholesale, image licensing, corporate gifts and book sales.

Venue hire

The National Galleries of Scotland consists of three galleries in the very heart of Edinburgh, home to the Nation’s collection of art all available to hire for special events.