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 online events programme.
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 (currently online)
- 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
Our Friends receive unlimited free entry to all National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions. Currently all visitors, including our Friends, must book a timed ticket in advance. If purchasing your Friends membership online you will instantly be able to book your free Friends exhibition ticket. Current and upcoming highlights include:
How to Join or Renew
1. Select your level of Friends membership
Our Solo or Student Friend memberships are for one person. For our Duo or Philanthropic Friend memberships you have the option of naming two Friends cardholders who live at the same address OR a single named cardholder who can bring an unnamed guest with them when they visit.
You can join or renew your current Friends membership by selecting one of the membership levels below. If you want to upgrade your membership, please choose a new level and we will renew your membership accordingly.
To buy a gift voucher, or purchase a gift voucher which the recipient can use to renew, please select one of the membership levels below and then you will have the option to choose a 'Gift Membership'.
3. Enjoy your benefits
If you are buying a Friends membership for yourself online, you will instantly be able to book your free Friends exhibition ticket. Your welcome pack and Friends membership card will then be dispatched by post within 10 working days. Please note that any orders placed after 12noon on Friday 18 December will not be dispatched until we are safely able to do so in line with Scottish Government guidance, which we hope will be in January.
If you are buying a voucher for a gift membership this will be delivered by email to the email address and on the date you have chosen. The Friends membership will begin when the recipient redeems their voucher online, when they will instantly be able to book their free Friends exhibition ticket. Their welcome pack and Friends membership card will then be dispatched by post within 10 working days of the voucher redemption. Please note that for any vouchers redeemed after 12noon on Friday 18 December, the membership card will not be dispatched until we are safely able to do so in line with Scottish Government guidance, which we hope will be in January.
Choose your Friends membership package
Please buy or renew your membership or gift using the options below. For our Duo or Philanthropic Friend memberships you have the option of naming two Friends cardholders who live at the same address or a single cardholder who can bring an unnamed guest.
Pay by Direct Debit
Download our form to set up a recurring annual direct debit for your Friends membership and you will benefit from a £5 discount. Print out the form, fill it in and post it to us OR contact us to have a form posted out to you.
You can also use this form to set up a Direct Debit for a Gift Friends membership. Please ensure you complete your own details, if you would like the membership pack sent to you or directly to the recipient and any gift message you would like included.
Please note that any forms received after 12noon on Friday 18 December will not be dispatched until we are safely able to do so in line with Scottish Government guidance, which we hope will be in January.
Make your friend Our Friend
Our Friends membership 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.
Please select your chosen membership level and then choose the 'Gift Membership' option. You will then be able to:
- Email a gift voucher to yourself, to print out or forward on
- Email a gift voucher directly to the gift recipient on the date of your choice.
So a Friends membership is the perfect present whether you are getting organised well in advance or sorting out a last minute gift!
The welcome pack and membership card will then be posted out after the recipient redeems their voucher.
Over 14,000 people currently enjoy our Friends benefits.
Our Friends are important to us
Your Friends membership supports the National Galleries of Scotland’s extensive programme of exhibitions, education projects, conservation activities and acquisitions.
In 2019 our Friends supported the Bridget Riley exhibition and have supported other past exhibitions such as Rembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the Master 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.
Contact the Friends office
The Friends Office staff are currently working remotely. We are unable to respond to phone queries during this time but can be contacted by email.
Please note that any membership orders placed after 12noon on Friday 18 December will not be dispatched until we are safely able to do so in line with Scottish Government guidance, which we hope will be in January.
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