Discover the Stories Within

Come and explore the National Galleries of Scotland both online and in person. We've lots to offer and have a million stories just waiting for you. Whether it's the story of an iconic work of art, the journey of how produce makes it from local suppliers to the plates in our cafes, or discovering how easy it for young people to express themselves through art, it's all here. So dive in and see what is waiting to be discovered!

Incredible art from the collection

Incredible art from the collection

Dali's Lobster Telephone

Learn more about the history behind this very famous telephone.

Painting the poets

We caught up with artist Clae Eastgate to chat about her portrait of Carol Ann Duffy.

Van Gogh and Post Impressionism

Read more about Vincent Van Gogh and find out which artworks are held in our collection.

From Lazio to Cockenzie: the making of a family restaurant

Victor and Carina Contini of the Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Joy in the Detail | Saint Bride by John Duncan

This short film explores the detail and imagery in the painting, Saint Bride, by Dundee-born artist, John Duncan.

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From pop art to pop icons

From pop art to pop icons

Gauguin's Vision of the Sermon

Learn more about three Post-Impressionists daring and innovative methods.

Samira Addo's portrait of Emeli Sandé

Read about Samira Addo, a self-taught artist who won Sky Arts Portrait of the Year, 2018.

Lichtenstein's In the Car

Find out more about Roy Lichtenstein and get the low down on what is pop art.

Monarch of The Glen: The Creation of an Icon

Why the Monarch is a swirling storm of Victorian melodrama.

Art activities for all ages whatever the weather

Art activities for all ages whatever the weather

Art Spot at the Portrait Gallery

Pick up one of our trails and discover who’s who!

Art stomps

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

Your Art World

Be part of our virtual community and share your art online.

The Progress of a Soul by Phoebe Anna Traquair

Find out more about the astonishing embroidery, The Progress of a Soul, by Phoebe Anna Traquair.

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A menu to please everyone

A menu to please everyone

Café Portrait

Enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee and cake amongst break-taking surroundings.

Paolozzi's Kitchen

Try delicious Italian classics made with seasonal Scottish ingredients or treat yourself to takeaway coffee from our pop-up café.

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Visit the Scottish Cafe & Restaurant to enjoy classic Scottish food and beautiful views.

Café Modern One

Choose from a wide range of tasty dishes on offer and enjoy the surrounds of our kitchen garden.

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

Modern One

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

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