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We are in the process of a phased reopening of all our sites

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.

Now open

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Modern One

Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art including NOW | Katie Paterson.

Now open

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Modern Two

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

Now open

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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

Reopening Sunday 8 November

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Opening times

Due to the staffing levels required to ensure we adhere to COVID-19 health and safety standards, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) will each open for three days a week from early November 2020-10 January 2021.

*During this time the Modern One cafe and grounds will remain open 7 days a week (10am-5pm).

Dates Scottish National Gallery Modern One Modern Two Scottish National Portrait Gallery
From 24 October to 31 October Open daily 10am-5pm Open daily 10am-5pm Open daily 10am-5pm Closed
From 1 November to 7 November Open daily 10am-5pm Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm* Open daily 10am-5pm Closed
From 8 November to 10 January Open daily 10am-5pm Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm* Open daily 10am-5pm Sunday-Tuesday 10am-5pm
From 24 October to 10 January (except SNPG from 8 November) Café open daily 10am-4pm (last orders 3pm) Café open daily 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm) Café open daily 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm) Café open Sunday-Tuesday 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm)
From 24 October to 10 January Shop open daily 10am-5pm Shop closed Shop open daily 10am-5pm Shop closed
Keeping you safe on your visit

Keeping you safe on your visit

Book online

Admission is via a ticketed entry system which must be booked in advance online only. 

Additional cleaning

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

One-way system

To keep you safe, one-way routes are in place throughout the Galleries.

Maintain a safe distance

We are asking all visitors to adhere to current physical distancing rules.

Face coverings

In line with Government guidelines, we are asking all visitors over the age of 5 to bring and wear a face covering. Our staff will be wearing face coverings.

Hand sanitiser

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

Timed visitor slots

We are limiting the number of visitors coming into our galleries via timed visitor slots. We hope that this will make you feel safe when re-engaging with much-loved artworks.

Feeling unwell?

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.


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
  • Bike rack
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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.

What's on

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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.