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.

We would like to thank our Friends for their continued support during these uncertain times. Your support is more crucial than ever. The Friends Office staff are currently working remotely and are unable to respond to phone queries but can be reached by email. Please contact [email protected].

We have replaced our usual in person events programme with a new series of exclusive online talks. Find out more below.

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 (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 membership card

Your Friends membership 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 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.

If you need to order a replacement card please email [email protected] or use our contact form.

Visiting the Galleries

The Scottish National Gallery will reopen on Monday 17 August and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) reopens the following week on Monday 24 August. All visitors, including our Friends, must book a free, timed ticket in advance.

Find out more about visiting

Online Friends Events Programme - NEW for 2020

We have introduced a new series of exclusive online talks to provide our Friends events programme in a different format this year. There are two talks per month with each remaining available for two weeks so you can choose when you would like to watch them.

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

Our talks have so far featured a range of highlights from our collections including works by Turner and Van Gogh.

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Piazzetta, Venice About 1835
Vincent van Gogh Olive Trees 1889

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 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?

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. Email [email protected] or use our contact form.

Friends Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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