Current Friends

Are you already a Friend of the National Galleries of Scotland? Read on to find out more about the benefits you receive, your Friends card and our exclusive Friends events programme. You can renew or find out about upgrading. You’ll also find FAQs covering some of our most popular enquiries.

Got any other questions? Please get in touch with the Friends team. We're here to help.

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

Your Friends card

Your Friends card entitles you to all of the benefits outlined above. Please keep it safe and bring it with you to the Galleries when you visit. 

If you have joined online, your card will be sent out by post with your welcome pack. If you are visiting the galleries before your welcome pack arrives, you can collect a temporary card and parking pass from the Modern One Information Desk or the Scottish National Gallery Information Desk (Gardens entrance).

If you need to order a replacement card please contact us.

Our Friends events programme

We offer a wide range of exclusive events for our Friends to enjoy. These range from peeks behind the scenes to day trips further a field, as well as online talks.

Booking for Friends in-person events opens on a specific day at the beginning of each season's programme. Each new programme will be sent to Friends by post and/or email, depending on your contact preferences. As our events are popular we advise booking as soon as possible after tickets are released to avoid disappointment. 

The links to view online talks are sent out as part of our Friends email newsletter. No booking or advance registration is required in order to view these. If you have a Friends membership but do not currently receive our Friends email newsletter please contact [email protected] to sign up.

See all Friends events

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.

Upgrade at any time

You can upgrade your Friends membership at any point during the year. If you are a Solo Friend why not upgrade to a Duo Friend for only £15 extra and take a guest with you each time you visit an exhibition?

Or become a Philanthropic Friend to enjoy the following additional benefits:

  • Priority booking for Friends events
  • Invitations to selected exhibition Private Views
  • A special curatorial talk or tour each year

Contact us now to upgrade.

Friends Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the Friends Office

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

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

By Phone - Friends Events: You can call our dedicated Friends events booking line on 0300 003 0062

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