Art for everyone

Open daily and admission is free

Opening hours

Visit the venue pages National, Portrait and Modern for more information about venues.

  National  Modern One Modern Two Portrait 
Galleries Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm
Cafes

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4pm)
Cafe Espresso
Daily, 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
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  • Open daily, 10am–5pm
  • Open daily, 10am–5pm
  • Open daily, 10am–5pm
Make a day of it

Make a day of it

Pick up a sculpture trail, sample a legendary salad at the café or browse art prints in the shop.

New Scottish galleries open

A free experience for everyone to enjoy, right in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre, the new Scottish galleries showcase the very best historic Scottish art.

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.

Café Portrait

Enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee and cake amongst breathtaking surroundings.

Shop at Modern One

Browse art books, prints, local craft and exclusive products featuring modern and contemporary artworks.

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Display Closing Soon

Joseph Noel Paton | Drawing Shakespeare

National

Until Sun 26 May 2024

Open daily, 10am–5pm

Must see
Exhibition

Do Ho Suh | Tracing Time

Modern One

Until Sun 1 Sep 2024

Open daily, 10am–5pm

Admission free

Must see
Exhibition

Before and After Coal | Images and Voices from Scotland’s Mining Communities

Portrait

Until Sun 15 Sep 2024

Open daily, 10am–5pm

Featured events

Featured events

Lecture or talk SOLD OUT

In Focus | A Young Woman Standing at a Virginal by Vermeer (in person)

National

Tue 28 May 2024

12:45 - 1:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop SOLD OUT

Creative Educators' Network | Activism in art

Modern One

Sat 1 Jun 2024

1 - 4pm

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop

Relaxed afternoons for adults (autism and learning disability friendly)

Portrait

Tue 28 May 2024

2 - 3pm

Free

Cancelled

Accessibility

Accessibility and facilities

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

Accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Café
Art for families

Art for families

Things to do at the gallery and at home.

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

We research, develop, and deliver a national collection of Scottish and International art through an engaging assortment of publications, activities, displays and exhibitions.