Art for everyone

Open daily and admission is free

Which gallery do you want to visit?

Which gallery do you want to visit?

There is so much to discover at all three gallery sites in the centre of Edinburgh.

Scottish National Gallery

Home to one of the greatest art collections in the world.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Modern One

An outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Opening hours

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 Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Closed 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
Closed

Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm)
Shops Daily, 10am-5pm Daily, 10am-5pm Closed Daily, 10am-5pm

Safety information

  • In line with Scottish Government advice we strongly recommend our visitors and staff wear face coverings in our galleries.

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

  • 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

From pop art icons and foodie histories to art activities for all ages.

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.

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

Exhibition Coming Soon

Turner in January

Royal Scottish Academy

Sun 1 Jan 2023 - Tue 31 Jan 2023

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Must see
Exhibition

New Arrivals | From Salvador Dalí to Jenny Saville

Modern One

Until Sun 12 Feb 2023

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Exhibition

You are Here 2022

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Until Sun 8 Jan 2023

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Featured events

Featured events

Music concert

Live Music Now | Roo and Neil

Scottish National Gallery

Thu 5 Jan 2023

5:30 - 6pm

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop SOLD OUT

Art Stomps | Winter

Modern One

Sat 10 Dec 2022

11am - 12:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Music concert SOLD OUT

Traditional Tunes for Tiny People | A Christmas Special (Ages 0-5)

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Fri 16 Dec 2022
10:15am & 11:15am

Free

+1 other sessions

Booking essential

Accessibility

Accessibility and 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.

Accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Bike rack
  • Toilets for gallery visitors
  • 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

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.