Women in Revolt!

Art and Activism in the UK 1970–1990. A celebration of women artists who changed the face of British art.

Fun for families this summer

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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.

Before and After Coal

On now until Sun 15 Sep 2024

Uncover fascinating photographs and captivating stories from Scottish mining communities.

National Treasures | Vermeer in Edinburgh

On now until Sun 8 Sep 2024

Don't miss your chance to see Vermeer's A Young Woman Standing at a Virginal in Edinburgh.

Do Ho Suh | Tracing Time

On now until Sun 1 Sep 2024

Visit this emotive five star show inspired by ideas of home.

An Irish Impressionist | Lavery on Location

From Sat 20 Jul 2024

Indulge your wanderlust when you visit this solo exhibition of paintings by the renowned Belfast born artist.

Celebrating Queer Art

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

LGBTQ+ stories

LGBTQ+ stories

Explore LGBTQ+ artworks, people and stories

Discover more stories

Not Seeing Straight: Celebrating Queer Art

Queer Lives & Art: Found Families

Queer Lives & Art: books and belonging with Lavender Menace

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.

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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.

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

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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.