Private parties

Our team are here to help you create your event

From the point of enquiry to the derig of your event, our dedicated team of events professionals will work with you directly to meet your requirements.

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Our Services

Our rates are exclusive of VAT and are for venue hire space only. We will work with you to build your event to include catering, audio-visual, event theming and experiences. This approach allows you to create a unique event for your guests with the help of our skilled events professionals.

Your venue hire fee includes:

Exclusive use of National Galleries of Scotland venue hire space
Dedicated member of our team to be your 'in touch' contact

Build your event with our events partners to add:

Catering and bar hire
Audio-visual special equipment
Event dressing or theming
Bespoke event experiences

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Throw a party inspired by art and creativity

Our art spaces can inspire your party theme or be the backdrop for a memorable occasion with friends, colleagues or family.

Our Spaces

Modern One | Café and Terrace

The café and beautiful terrace and kitchen garden at Modern One are available to hire in the evenings for parties. This space is ideal for everything from summer barbeques and birthday parties to retirement dinners and buffets.

Capacity: Reception 60, Dinner 50
Rates: £500
Availability: Evenings

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Modern Two | Great Hall

Formerly called the Dean Gallery, Modern Two is situated opposite Modern One. The stunning double-height Great Hall is a wonderful space for drinks or dinners.

Capacity: Reception 60, Dinner 38
Rates: From £950
Availability: Evenings

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National | Gardens View

From Gardens View, your guests can take in majestic views of Edinburgh's skyline. Take in a panorama of this UNESCO World Heritage site while hosting breakfast meetings, formal dinners, or cocktail receptions. Guests can also enjoy a private view of 150 years of the best Scottish art in the new Scottish galleries.

Capacity: Reception 100, Dinner 40
Rates: From £2500 (+ VAT)
Availability: Evenings and out of hours

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National | Main Entrance

This grand entrance area is spacious and versatile, with incredible views across East Princes Street Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh. There is scope to add style and flair to make your guests’ arrival even more special, perhaps with a piper or a red carpet to ensure your event is top-class.

Capacity: Reception 180
Rates: From £2500
Availability: Evenings

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National | The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens, The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is available for exclusive evening events catered by restaurateurs Victor & Carina Contini. The restaurant can be transformed into a stunning event space with views overlooking the beautifully lit gardens.

Capacity: Reception 300, Dinner 180
Rates: Available on request
Availability: Evenings and out of hours

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Portrait | Robertson Room

This spacious and accessible gallery space on the ground level of the Portrait, is very well situated in the centre of Edinburgh just off St Andrews Square. The AK Bell Room is adjacent to this space and could conveniently be used as a breakout or green room. The Robertson Room lends itself well to large drink receptions, talk events, dinners or larger scale workshops.

Capacity: Classroom 100, Dinner 100, Reception 100
Rates: £2000
Availability: Daytime and Evenings

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Portrait | Café

This vast space flanked by portraits of Scotland's contemporary icons is transformed from a cafe by day to an impressive setting for special night time events.

Capacity: Reception 80, Dinner 80
Rates: £1500
Availability: Evenings

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Your other events

Receptions and dinners

Meet with colleagues or friends to enjoy drinks and dine, in extraordinary surroundings, with catering by award-winning culinary experts located on site.

Venues: Modern One, Modern Two, National, Portrait
Capacity: Up to 500
Rates: Up to £3500

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Business meetings, conferences and lectures

Inspire your delegates with a business event at Scotland’s national art venues, and enhance their experience with the most artistic incentives.

Venues: Modern Two, National, Portrait
Capacity: Up to 190
Rates: £350-£1650

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Get in touch

Please get in touch with our team, to talk through your event ideas, arrange a site visit and request rates and options for catering, styling and experiences.

+44 (0)131 624 6216 or +44 (0)131 624 6481

[email protected]



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