Home to some of the world's most famous art

Our galleries

Our galleries

Scottish National Gallery

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh and home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Modern One

An outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art, including a centenary Joan Eardley display

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Modern Two

Come and see our blockbuster exhibition Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Come face to face with the people who shape Scotland’s past, present and future

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Opening hours

All our galleries are now open. Visit the venue pages National, Portrait and Modern for more information about venues.

  Scottish National Gallery Modern One Modern Two Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Galleries
(Booking recommended)
Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm
Festive opening hours Closed 25 and 26 December

Open at noon on 1 January
Closed 25 and 26 December

Open at noon on 1 January
Closed 25 and 26 December

Open at noon on 1 January
Closed 25 and 26 December

Open at noon on 1 January
Cafes
(No booking required)

The Scottish & Restaurant
Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4pm) Espresso Cafe
Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm

Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm).
 
Paolozzi's Kitchen
Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm)
Daily, 10am-5pm(last orders 4.30pm)
Shops Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> Closed 25 and 26 December<br> Open at noon on 1 January
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> Closed 25 and 26 December<br> Open at noon on 1 January
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> Closed 25 and 26 December<br> Open at noon on 1 January
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> Closed 25 and 26 December<br> Open at noon on 1 January

Safety information

  • We have signed up to Check In Scotland, a voluntary service which enables visitors to quickly and securely provide their contact details to asssist with COVID-19 contact tracing.

  • We have signed up to the Good to Go scheme to show we are committed to meeting current Scottish Government health and safety standards for our buildings, staff and visitors.

  • Admission is via a ticketed entry system. Booking is recommended. If you have not pre-booked, entry may be available on the day. Ask a member of staff onsite for details.

  • We have instituted a programme of deep cleaning of the Galleries and will have staff onsite cleaning all touch points throughout the day.

  • We ask that you respect physical distancing from others during your visit.

  • We ask all visitors over the age of 12 to bring and wear a face covering. Our staff will be wearing face coverings.

  • Hand sanitiser is available in key areas, along with increased cleaning regimes in toilets and other high use areas.

  • We are admitting visitors coming into our galleries via hourly visitor slots. We hope that this will make you feel safe when re-engaging with much-loved artworks.

  • If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

  • Download Smartify to access our highlights tour, large print labels and get more information about the artworks during your visit.

Discover the stories within

Discover the stories within

There’s more to the National Galleries of Scotland than meets the eye.

Relax and explore the grounds

Relax and explore the grounds

Visit the grounds at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Explore the sculpture park. Enjoy coffee or a snack at the Modern Two pop-up café.

Walk, Talk, Make Sculpture Trail

You and your family can find out about some artists, their artworks and follow prompts to make your own art with this trail.

Sensory Sculpture Trail

A series of six creative prompts, around the grounds, to help you experience the artworks with your body, breath, ears, eyes and mind.

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Gallery visit
Exhibition Closing Soon

Scottish National Gallery visit

Scottish National Gallery

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Closed 25 and 26 December
Open at noon on 1 January

Admission free

Must see
Exhibition

Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

Modern Two

Until Sun 20 Feb 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Closed 25 and 26 December
Open at noon on 1 January

Must see
Exhibition

Thomas Joshua Cooper | The World's Edge

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Until Sun 23 Jan 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Closed 25 and 26 December
Open at noon on 1 January

Admission free

Accessibility

Accessibility & facilities

The following accessibility and building facilities are universally available at all three of our gallery sites. We encourage you to check the individual facilities for each of the National, Portrait and Modern galleries to help plan your visit further. 

  • Wheelchair access
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Bike rack
Fun for families whatever the weather!

Fun for families whatever the weather!

Art Spot

What... or who will you spot - when you take a visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery?

Walk, Talk, Make Sculpture Trail

You and your family can find out about the artists, their artworks and follow prompts to make your own art with this outdoor trail.

Art Stomps

Sculpture-hunting, leaf-kicking, outdoor art-making at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, specially made for the under fives!

Sensory Sculpture Stories

Stories to encourage you to use your senses to enjoy and experience the sculptures in the grounds of Modern One.

Keep up-to-date

Keep up-to-date

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Our partner galleries

Our partner galleries

Duff house

A five-star country house and gallery, run in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, Historic Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. Highlights on display include works by El Greco, Gainsborough and Raeburn.

Paxton House

Situated on the banks of the River Tweed, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Paxton House boasts the largest purpose-built picture gallery in a Scottish country house. On display is a large group of paintings on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland.

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About the National Galleries

About the National Galleries

The National Galleries of Scotland cares for, develops, researches and displays the national collection of Scottish and international art and, with a lively and innovative programme of activities, exhibitions, education and publications, aims to engage, inform and inspire the broadest possible public.