Become Our Friend

One of the best ways you can help us during these uncertain times is by becoming our Friend. Join now to support the National Galleries of Scotland and enjoy a wide range of benefits including unlimited free entry to our exhibitions and an exclusive events programme.

You can also support us and share the gift of unparalleled access to the galleries with a Friends gift voucher.

Our Friends memberships

Our Friends enjoy the following benefits:

  • Unlimited free entry to all of our exhibitions for one year (during public opening hours)
  • 10% discount in all our gallery cafes
  • See exhibitions first at Friends previews
  • An exclusive events and lectures programme
  • Free entry for up to 4 family children under the age of 18
  • Friends only mailings sent directly to your door
  • Regular updates and special offers by email (subject to your consent)
  • Free parking at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (during public opening hours for gallery visits)

Philanthropic Friends will enjoy these extra benefits:

  • Priority booking for Friends events
  • Invitations to selected exhibition Private Views
  • An invitation to a special curatorial talk or tour each year
See every exhibition for free as our Friend

See every exhibition for free as our Friend

Our Friends receive unlimited free entry to all National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions. When joining online, you will also instantly be able to book your free Friends exhibition ticket. Upcoming exhibition highlights include:

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

Explore this major retrospective of more than 120 works at Modern Two.

A Taste for Impressionism

See a stellar cast of artists including Monet and Van Gogh from July 2022.

How to Join or Renew in 3 Easy Steps

1. Select your level
Our Solo or Student Friend is for one person.

Our Duo or Philanthropic Friend can be for two named cardholders who live at the same address OR a single named cardholder who can bring an unnamed guest with them when they visit.

All Friends can also take up to 4 family children under the age of 18 along with them for free.

2. Purchase
To join or renew online for yourself, please use the 'Buy Now' button under 'Membership for you' for your chosen level. If you choose 'Auto-renew'* you will benefit from a £5 discount!

To give a gift, please select the 'Buy Now' button under 'A gift voucher'. Please see the gift voucher instructions below before making your purchase.

3. Enjoy your benefits
If you are joining or renewing online, you will instantly be able to book your free Friends exhibition ticket online too. Your 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 and parking pass from the Modern Two Shop, Modern One Information Desk or the Scottish National Gallery Information Desk (Gardens entrance).

Choose your Friends membership package


*Auto-Renew Information

Choose this option to benefit from a £5 discount! Your membership will automatically renew each year, and you will continue to benefit from the discount, unless you cancel or there is a payment failure.

We'll send an email reminder before your membership auto-renews. You can log-in to your account or contact us at any time before your expiry date to cancel. Please note that we don’t retrospectively refund auto-renewal payments.

Please also contact us before your expiry date if you wish to upgrade or make any changes.

We are unfortunately unable to set up a gift membership to auto-renew online. If you would like to set up a recurring gift membership please contact us to discuss this further.

Friends Gift Voucher

Make your friend Our Friend

Our Friends gift voucher is the perfect gift for the art enthusiast in your life. Your friend will receive a year’s worth of benefits giving them unparalleled access to the galleries.

With different options for delivery by email, a Friends gift voucher is the perfect choice whether you are getting organised well in advance or sorting out a last-minute gift!

Please read the instructions below before placing your order to ensure your gift is processed correctly. Please do not select 'Buy Now' under 'Membership for you' for gifts.

Gift Voucher Instructions

1. Please select the 'Buy Now' button under 'A gift voucher' for your chosen Friends level.

2. Enter the date the gift voucher is to be sent. If you are sending it to your own email address, we recommend choosing today's date. If you are sending it to the recipient's email address you may wish to choose a date in the future, such as the date of their birthday or any other event that you are celebrating.

3. Enter the recipient's name in the 'To' box. This will appear on the gift voucher.

4. Choose which email address to send the gift voucher to. You can either:

- Email the gift voucher to yourself, to print out or forward on to the recipient OR

- Email the gift voucher directly to the gift recipient. If it is to go directly to the gift recipient, then please enter their email address in the box.

5. Enter who the voucher is from in the 'From' box. This will appear on the voucher. This can be your own name, a list of several names or you may wish to enter the name by which the recipient knows you e.g. 'Mum' or describe the group who the gift is from e.g. 'Your colleagues'.

6. Enter your gift message in the 'Message' box. This will appear on the voucher. You can leave this blank if you wish.

The welcome pack will be posted out after the recipient redeems their voucher. The voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of delivery.

Please contact us to discuss the details BEFORE making your online purchase if you wish us to dispatch a gift welcome pack directly to you or the recipient by post rather than using an email gift voucher. Please do not make a purchase online for someone else using the 'Buy Now' buttons or the Friends card will be issued in your name rather than the recipient's. Please do not purchase a gift voucher and then redeem it using your own website account as then the Friends card will also be issued in your name and not the recipient's.

Over 10,000 people currently enjoy our Friends benefits.

Our Friends are important to us

You will be supporting the National Galleries of Scotland’s extensive programme of exhibitions, education projects, conservation activities and acquisitions.

Our Friends have supported exhibitions such as Rembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the MasterBridget Riley and Raquib Shaw: Reinventing the Old Masters. We also support our range of drop-in activities for families and our Gallery Social programme for those affected by dementia. Several special commissions have been made possible thanks to our Friends such as the Portrait of James Naughtie by Brendan Kelly.

Join Now

Contact the Friends office

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

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

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

Please note: We aim to dispatch online orders within 10 working days