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. We have replaced our in-person events with a new series of online talks.
We may not be able to send out your welcome pack within our normal timescales but we will dispatch it as soon as we can. We look forward to welcoming you to the Galleries soon.
The Friends Office staff are currently working remotely. We are unable to respond to phone queries during this time but can be reached by email. Please contact [email protected].
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
- What's On guide sent directly to your door
- Regular updates and special offers by e-bulletin (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:
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.
Our Friends supported last year’s Bridget Riley exhibition and 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.
Follow our three simple steps below to start enjoying your Friends membership.
Give a Gift
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. Select your chosen membership package below and we will send an email gift voucher to you or directly to the gift receipient on your chosen date.
You can renew your current Friends membership or purchase a gift voucher which the recipeint can use to renew by selecting one of the membership packages below. If you want to make a change, please choose a new membership package and we will update your current membership to your new level.
How to Join
1. Select your 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.
3. Enjoy your benefits
If you are buying a Friends membership for yourself, you will instantly be able to book your free Friends exhibition ticket online. Your welcome pack and Friends membership card will then be dispatched by post within 7 working days. If you are visiting the Galleries before your card arrives please visit any of our shops or ticket desks with a copy of your email receipt to receive a temporary membership card which you can use immediately.
If you are buying a voucher for a gift membership this will be delivered by email. The Friends membership will begin when the recipient redeems their voucher. If they redeem their voucher online, their welcome pack and Friends membership card will be dispatched by post within 7 working days. If they redeem in the Galleries they will be given a temporary membership card which they can begin using straight away.
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 and benefit from a £5 discount. Print out the form, fill it in and post it to us or take it to one of our Gallery shops or ticket desks. You can also pick up a form in any Gallery or contact us to have a form posted out to you.
Over 14,000 people currently enjoy our Friends benefits.
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.
Call: +44 (0)300 003 0057 (local rate). Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm
In Gallery: Please visit any of our shops or ticket desks
By Post: Modern Two Lodge, 72 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS