Become a Friend

Become a Friend to enjoy unique access to the nation’s art collection with unlimited free entry to exhibitions, a chance to see them first at Friends-only previews, a 10% discount in gallery shops & cafés as well as a bespoke programme of exclusive events throughout the year. Find out more about the forthcoming exhibitions in 2024 that you will have unlimited access to by becoming a Friend.

You can also share the gift of unparalleled access to the National Galleries of Scotland with a Friends gift voucher.

Friends benefits

  • Unlimited free entry to all exhibitions for one year (during public opening hours)

  • Free entry for up to 4 family children under the age of 18

  • 10% discount in all gallery shops and cafés

  • See exhibitions first at Friends-only previews

  • An exclusive talks and events programme

  • Free parking at the Modern (when visiting) 

Philanthropic Friends will enjoy these extra benefits: 

  • Priority booking for Friends events

  • Invitations to selected events to bring you closer to the work you are helping to fund

Choose your Friends membership

 Please choose a category below to join or renew your Friends membership. If you choose to Auto-renew* you will benefit from a £5 discount. You can immediately book your free exhibition tickets online, by phone or in person.

If you are joining the Friends for the first time, then your membership card and welcome pack will be dispatched by post within 10 working days. If you are visiting the galleries before your welcome pack arrives, you can collect a temporary Friends card from any of our Information Desks. If you are renewing your membership, then your existing Friends card will be reactivated immediately. Please see the 'Join and renew help' for more information.

Use the 'gift voucher' options to purchase a gift membership, or membership for someone else. See the 'Gift Voucher help' for more information.

See every exhibition for free as a Friend

See every exhibition for free as a Friend

Friends receive unlimited free entry to all National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions. Current and upcoming highlights include:

Women in Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK 1970–1990

Be inspired by stories of collaboration, creativity and rebellion at Modern Two this Spring in this major survey of feminist art, touring from Tate Britain.

An Irish Impressionist | Lavery on Location

This summer we will stage the first exhibition in over thirty years to focus on the work of the significant Irish artist Sir John Lavery. 

Dürer to Van Dyck | Drawings from Chatsworth House

In the winter this spectacular group of some 50 Flemish, Dutch, Early Netherlandish, and German drawings and watercolours will be exhibited in Scotland for the first time.

Friends events

Our Friends
Special event

Friends Preview | Women in Revolt

Modern Two

Thu 23 May 2024

5:30 - 8:30pm

Free, booking essential

+7 other sessions

Booking essential

Our Friends
Lecture or talk

Robin Gillanders | Ian Hamilton Finlay and Collaborations


Tue 28 May 2024

6 - 8pm

£14, Friends and guests

Booking essential

Join our Philanthropic Friends today and help us every day of the year:

Our Philanthropic Friends enjoy all the membership benefits of being a Duo Friend and give a little extra support to help us inspire audiences all year round.

Philanthropic Friends contributions can be made online. To discuss other methods of payment or a monthly donation, please call us on 0300 003 0057.

Over 10,000 people currently enjoy our Friends benefits

  • “I get so much out of being a Friend, particularly through the wide variety of events on offer. I never miss an exhibition, and love that I can visit as often as I like, often taking a friend along too.”

  • “I love having free unlimited access to exhibitions across all the galleries. Together with the discount in the cafés, it’s the perfect place for a revision break.”

Your support is important to us

As a Friend, you are part of a vibrant community of art lovers whose support is critical in helping us to make art work for everyone. Friends help us conserve, research, grow and care for the nation’s collection of art, showcase world-class exhibitions and deliver an expansive year-round programme of learning and engagement activity. 

Friends have supported the new Scottish galleries at the National, as well as exhibitions such as Grayson Perry | Smash HitsRembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the Master and Bridget Riley. Several special commissions have been made possible thanks to our Friends such as the Portrait of James Naughtie by Brendan Kelly and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Harry Benson.

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Contact the Friends team

Contact the Friends team

Email: [email protected]

Phone: You can call the Friends team directly on 0300 003 0057

Post: National Galleries of Scotland, Modern Two Lodge, 72 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS

Other ways to support us

Other ways to support us