Your Friends membership

Are you already a Friend of the National Galleries of Scotland? Read on to find out more about the exclusive benefits you receive, your Friends card and your bespoke 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.

Friends benefits

  • Unlimited free entry to all exhibitions for one year (during public opening hours)

  • Free entry for up to 4 family children under the age of 18

  • 10% discount in all gallery shops and cafés

  • See exhibitions first at Friends-only previews

  • An exclusive talks and events programme

  • Free parking at the Modern (when visiting) 

Philanthropic Friends will enjoy these extra benefits: 

  • Priority booking for Friends events

  • Invitations to selected events to bring you closer to the work you are helping to fund

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 the Friends for the first time, then your card will be sent out by post with your welcome pack within 10 working days. If you are visiting the galleries before your welcome pack arrives, you can collect a temporary Friends card and parking pass from any of our Information Desks.

If you have recently renewed your membership, then your existing Friends card will be reactivated. Please note that we no longer issue a new card for each year of membership. All Friends were issued with a new, green, permanent membership card in June 2023. If your membership was lapsed at this time, we will issue you with a new card. If your membership was active at this time but you require a replacement card after renewing then please let us know.

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

The Printmaker's Art | Rembrandt to Rego

Sat 2 Dec 2023 - Sun 25 Feb 2024

Come and experience the print pioneers who have made their mark in the last five hundred years. Big names on show include Hokusai, Andy Warhol, Goya, Rembrandt, Elizabeth Blackadder and Pablo Picasso. 

Friends receive free entry to all National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions but booking a timed ticket in advance is recommended to guarantee entry.

When booking, please ensure you select the 'Friends and Circles' ticket type and log in using the email address linked to your Friends membership. Your exhibition ticket discount will then be applied at the checkout. If the discount is not applied, please contact us.

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A new Friends benefit for 2023

10% discount in all gallery shops and online

Friends now benefit from a 10% discount in all gallery shops and online. 

To enjoy this discount in person, please present your Friends card which will then be scanned by one of the retail team. To use this offer online, please look out for the promo code in our Friends communications. If you cannot find the code, please contact [email protected].

Every purchase you make supports the work we do to care for the national collection. Terms and conditions apply*.

Friends events programme

We offer a wide range of exclusive events for Friends to enjoy. These range from peeks behind the scenes to day trips further afield, as well as regular talks and lectures.

Booking for Friends 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 quarterly online talks are sent out as part of the 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 us to sign up.

Friends events

Our Friends
Special event SOLD OUT

Friends Christmas Party


Wed 6 Dec 2023

6:30 - 9:30pm

£60, Friends and guests

Booking essential

Our Friends
Lecture or talk SOLD OUT

Britain and Venice 1 | Renaissance Connections


Thu 18 Jan 2024

6 - 8pm

£14, Friends and guests

Booking essential

Our Friends
Lecture or talk SOLD OUT

Film | Leonardo: The Works


Fri 26 Jan 2024

2:30 - 4pm

£10, Friends and guests

Booking essential

Our Friends

Making Space | Photographs of Architecture, Curator's Tour


Tue 6 Feb 2023
6 - 7:15pm or 7 - 8:30pm

£14, Friends only

Booking essential

Choose your Friends membership

 Please choose a category below to join or renew your Friends membership. If you choose to Auto-renew* you will benefit from a £5 discount. You can immediately book your free exhibition tickets online, by phone or in person.

If you are joining the Friends for the first time, then your membership card and welcome pack will be dispatched by post within 10 working days. If you are visiting the galleries before your welcome pack arrives, you can collect a temporary Friends card from any of our Information Desks. If you are renewing your membership, then your existing Friends card will be reactivated immediately. Please see the 'Join and renew help' for more information.

Use the 'gift voucher' options to purchase a gift membership, or membership for someone else. See the 'Gift Voucher help' for more information.


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 additional benefits and support us further.

Contact us now to upgrade.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Contact the Friends team

Contact the Friends team

Email: [email protected]

Phone: You can call the Friends team directly on 0300 003 0057

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

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

Other ways to support us

Other ways to support us