Visiting with children

Families and children of all ages are welcome at each of our Galleries, our restaurant, and in all of our cafés. We also have a large outdoor area at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art that can be used for picnics.

Activities for Children

We organise regular free drop-in activities and a special events programme during holiday periods. The activities are Art Maker, Bags of Art, and Portrait Detectives. We also have a monthly storytelling session for Early Years children called Wee Wanders, and baby-friendly exhibition tours as part of our BYOB programme. 

Drop-in activities for children

Early Years tours and workshops

Primary School tours and workshops

At the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery there are free trails that you can pick up from the Information Desk and take with you on your visit.


There is seating available throughout our galleries, including portable folding stools across all sites. Gallery staff are on hand to assist you if you require seating.


For the safety of the artworks eating and drinking in the Galleries is not allowed. Each Gallery has a café providing food with at least one vegetarian option each day. High chairs are available for young children. Facilities for baby bottle warming are available - please ask a member of staff for more information. The Scottish National Gallery has a children's menu.

If you want to bring your own food to eat you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The Scottish National Gallery is adjacent to Princes Street Gardens, which can also be used for the same purpose.

Facilities for babies

All the Galleries have baby changing areas, located within the disabled toilets.


Access for buggies and wheelchairs is available at the main entrances of the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Modern One. For the Academy Building and Modern Two, please use the back entrance. All galleries have lifts.

Lockers and buggy parks

Lockers are available at each of the galleries (£1/£2, non-refundable) or, if small enough, you can carry your bag by hand. Buggy parks are available at Modern One and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Car parking

There is pay and display parking at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Charges are £2 for the day. The Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery are served by city centre parking. 


The Galleries' many attendants will be happy to help with any enquiries and can be identified by a National Galleries of Scotland name badge. You'll find them throughout the galleries and at Information Desks.