Visit some of the world's most famous art across three spectacular locations

Our galleries

Our galleries

Scottish National Gallery

The world's greatest art in the heart of Edinburgh.

Free admission
No lift access to the upper floors
Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm

Gallery Bus

Our Gallery Bus takes visitors to all three galleries. Starting at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art the bus runs a circular route to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery. A voluntary donation of £1 is required. The bus drops off, but does not pick up at the Portrait Gallery.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Scottish National Portrait Gallery (drop off only) Scottish National Gallery
11am 11:15am 11:30am
12 noon 12:15pm 12:30pm
2pm 2:15pm 2:30pm
3pm 3:15pm 3:30pm
4pm 4:15pm 4:30pm
Other languages

Other languages

We have information to help plan a visit available in a number of languages other than English. You can access these from the links below:

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Must see
Exhibition Closing Soon

Turner in January

National

Until Thu 31 Jan 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm

Free

Must see
Exhibition

BP Portrait Award 2018

Portrait

Until Sun 10 Mar 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Must see
Exhibition

Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi | I want to be a machine

Modern Two

Until Sun 2 Jun 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Featured events

Featured events

Course

Wound Up, Ground Down or Stressed Out with Everyday Life?

National

Fri 25 Jan 2019

1:30 - 4pm

£120.00

+2 other sessions

Course

Art for Absolute Beginners 7: Pencil and graphite

Portrait

Thu 24 Jan 2019

10:30am - 12:30pm

£32.00

Lecture or talk

NOW: A Beginner’s Guide to… Transcendence and Magic in Contemporary Art

Modern One

Sat 9 Feb 2019

2 - 2:45pm

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. 

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
Your visit

Your visit

Become Our Friend

Our Friends get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.

Guided tours

We run regular, free, drop-in tours of the collection for all audiences at all of our galleries. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the national collection.

Families

Pop in to see the latest exhibitions, take part in our year-round programme of family activities or just relax in our family-friendly cafes; we’re free and open every day.

Group visits

We look forward to welcoming all types of groups to the galleries! We have a fantastic range of guided tours, workshops and learning activities to enhance your experience of the collection and exhibitions.

Community & access groups

We invite community and access groups to explore Scotland’s National Collection for free through guided or self-guided visits and free entry to all paying exhibitions.

Keep up-to-date

Keep up-to-date

Subscribe to our newsletters to keep up-to-date with everything happening across all of our sites

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.