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 membership card and our exclusive Friends events programme. You can renew or find out about upgrading to get even more from your membership. 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
  • 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

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 membership card

Your Friends membership card entitles you to all of the benefits outlined above.  You will be required to show your card in order to visit exhibitions free of charge, attend Friends exhibition preview events or to claim your discount in the cafés. So please keep it safe and bring it with you to the Galleries when you visit.

If you have joined at a Gallery Shop or ticket desk you will receive a temporary membership card which you can begin using right away. Your permanent membership card will then follow by post with your welcome pack.

Need to order a replacement card?

Online: email [email protected] or use our contact form

Call: +44 (0)300 003 0057 (local rate). Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm

Making the most of your Friends membership

We hope you will take full advantage of your unlimited free entry to our exhibitions. When visiting, please go to the ticket desk with your Friends membership card to claim your free entry. No advance booking is required. Fast track access for Friends will be available where possible.

Current and upcoming exhibitions

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

Friends only events

We offer a wide range of events for Our Friends to enjoy. They range from exclusive peeks behind the scenes to trips further a field.

Booking for Our Friends events opens on a specific day at the beginning of each programme. As our events are popular we advise booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

See all Friends events

Renew your Friends Membership

Renew your current Friends membership by purchasing 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.

Pay by Direct Debit and save £5

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.

Once you have a Direct Debit set up we will send out your new Friends membership card automatically each year a few weeks before your expiry date. Please contact us when you receive your new card or at any point throughout the year if you wish to make any changes to your Direct Debit.

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 membership for only £15 extra and take a guest with you each time you visit an exhibition?

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.

Online: Email [email protected] or use our contact form

Call: +44 (0)300 003 0057 (local rate). Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm

Booking for Friends Events

Friends Events booking opens on a specific day at the beginning of each programme. Priority booking for Philanthropic Friends opens two working days before general booking. As our events are popular we advise booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

View our current Friends events

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways -

  • Online: You can book your Friends Events tickets online. Advance registration is required, please see below. For events booked online you will receive an e-ticket, please print this off and bring it with you to the event or display your ticket on your smart phone. Please note priority booking is not available online.
  • By phone: call the dedicated Friends Ticket line on +44 (0)300 003 0057 (local rate). Lines are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.
  • By post: Send the booking form (enclosed with your newsletter) with a cheque made payable to National Galleries of Scotland and a stamped addressed envelope to us at – Friends Events, Modern Two Lodge, 72 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS.

Ticket Cancellations

If you are unable to attend a Friends event, please inform the Friends Office as soon as possible as we do keep waiting lists. If you inform us more than 2 weeks prior to the event, a full refund will be given. If you inform us within 2 weeks or if you are cancelling at any time for a Bus Trip, a refund will only be given if we are able to re-sell the ticket/s. Cancellations within 24 hours prior to the event will not be refunded.

Using our Website

Register or sign in to ensure your Friends membership is linked to your My NGS account.

This step must be completed in advance in order to book Friends events online.

When registering for the first time you will receive an authentication email in the inbox of the email address you have supplied. When it arrives, click on the link in the email or cut and paste it into your browser to complete your registration.

When you then sign in and view your My NGS account your membership type, number and expiry date should be listed. If your membership details are missing please enter your membership number in the box and click ‘Submit for Review’. We will then ensure your Friends membership is linked to your My NGS account. This requires a manual review by staff so please ensure that you do this in advance.  We cannot guarantee that we will be able to respond to these requests on booking day.

Friends Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the Friends Office

Online: Email [email protected] or use our contact form

Call the Friends Office: +44 (0)300 003 0057 (local rate). Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm

Call the Friends Events Booking Line: +44 (0)300 003 0062 (local rate). Lines are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

In Gallery: Please visit any of our shops or ticket desks

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