Friends and Patrons Booking

Our Friends and Patrons receive free entry to National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions, as well as access to exclusive previews and events. Please read this page for important instructions to ensure your online account is set up correctly for booking.

Explore Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life, our major retrospective of more than 120 works at Modern Two. Our Friends receive free entry but are advised to book a timed ticket in advance.

It is no longer necessary to book tickets for free gallery entry at Modern One, the Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. Please see our Visit section for the latest gallery opening times and further information about visiting.

How to Book Online

We upgraded our booking system in August 2020. To book a free ticket for an exhibition, or access a Friends and Patrons only event, please ensure that your online account is set up correctly.

It is necessary that the email address you use to log in to your online account is the same as the email address that we have linked to your Friends membership or Patrons donation. If you wish to update your email address, or check what email address we have on file for you, please contact us at [email protected].

If you are prompted to enter your credit/debit card details during the exhibition ticket booking process, please do not do so or you will be charged. Your online account needs reviewed by a member of staff. If you are purchasing additional tickets for non-member guests, please ensure it is only these tickets you are being charged for.

1. If you have not set up your account yet, please begin by going to www.nationalgalleries.org/spektrix/account and requesting a new password by clicking on Forgotten your password? Reset here.

2. If your email address is recognised, a link will be sent to you to allow you to set up a new password for your account. Do check your spam/junk folder if you cannot immediately find the message. If your email address if not recognised, please contact us at [email protected] with your name, membership number/postcode, and email address. Please do not register for a new account, as it will not be connected to your membership and your discount and ticket access will not be applied when you book.

3. Once your account is active and linked to your membership, you will be able to book free exhibition tickets. Please ensure that you select the Friends and Patrons ticket type. Follow the steps and your discount will be applied at the checkout. If your discount is not applied, please contact [email protected].

Please Note: It is not currently possible to book online tickets on behalf of other Friends or Patrons. You can only make a booking using your own membership and for the number of free tickets your membership permits. See our Current Friend FAQs for information about who gets in free. Please make a separate booking per membership or contact us with the details of both memberships and we can process the booking for you. You can add further charging tickets to your order if you have non-member guests accompanying you that are not covered by your membership.

If you wish to make a booking on behalf of a Friend or Patron who does not have internet access, please contact [email protected] with the details or call our main enquiry line on 0131 624 6200.

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

Explore this major retrospective of more than 120 works at Modern Two. Our Friends receive free entry to all National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions but are advised to book a timed ticket in advance.

When booking, please ensure you select the 'Friends and Patrons' ticket type and your exhibition ticket discount will be applied at the checkout. If the discount is not applied please contact us before proceeding with your booking.

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Contact the Friends office

Online: Email [email protected] or use our contact form and select Friends Membership

By Post: Modern Two Lodge, 72 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS

By Phone: We currently have limited access to the Friends phone lines. Please call the Galleries' main enquiry line on 0131 624 6200. They can transfer you to the Friends team or will take a message to pass onto us and we will call you back.