Families

Hello, nice to see you here! 

Here are some things to help you, and your family, get the most from a visit to the gallery - or support your art-making wherever you are!

You can:

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Things to do at home

Things to do at home

Art around you

Activities to help inspire your art-making, wherever you are. They require absolutely NO ART MATERIALS - just lots of creative thinking and imagination!

Your Art World

Your Art World is an online community by and for 3-18 year olds: a place to think, wonder, create and share your art online. Find resources and open-ended challenges to inspire critical thinking, play and individual voice.

Holiday activities

A selection of new activity prompts and videos to help keep your family creative over the holidays, and beyond. They are inspired by the idea 'You Are Here' - let's make art that celebrates our time at home, with the people we care about most.

Fun for families whatever the weather!

Fun for families whatever the weather!

Art Spot

What... or who will you spot - when you take a visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery?

Walk, Talk, Make Sculpture Trail

You and your family can find out about the artists, their artworks and follow prompts to make your own art with this outdoor trail.

Art Stomps

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

Sensory Sculpture Stories

Stories to encourage you to use your senses to enjoy and experience the sculptures in the grounds of Modern One.

Creature Feature Play Area

Come along to our free, movie-themed adventureland. Inspired by the fantastical creations in our exhibition Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema, our play area is open every day and is FREE! Join us for a play among flying saucers and the mighty Cyclops, slide down a dragon's tail, clamber across a rope bridge and peek into movie cameras to see beasts in the Gallery.

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How can we help

Our friendly gallery attendants are there to help you make the most of your visit; ask if you need anything. A gallery is not somewhere you always have to ‘wheesht’; we welcome conversations, questions and responses (including baby gurgles!) from all of our visitors.

Your Visit

Seats

If you need to take a break, there are seats throughout the galleries and portable folding stools that you can take with you – just ask if you’re unsure.

Food and drink

For the safety of the artworks, eating and drinking in the galleries is not allowed. The grounds of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art also make a perfect picnic spot. Princes Street Gardens, next to the Scottish National Gallery, is also a great place for a picnic. Children are also welcome in all our gallery cafés.

Access

Access for buggies and wheelchairs is available at the main entrances of the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Modern One. For the Academy Building and Modern Two, please use the back entrance. All galleries have lifts.

Lockers

We don't currently have lockers for visitors to use, but buggies are welcomed as are baby carriers.  Please don't bring any large luggage or bags with you as we have nowhere to store them.

Car parking

There is pay and display parking at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Charges apply. The Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery are served by city centre parking.

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

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Modern One

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

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Modern Two

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

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Say hello

Please do take photos of your family in the galleries and share them with us via @NatGalleriesSco. Leave us a comment at one of the feedback stations. Tell us what you like; if you think we could do better or share any special conversations you had together in the galleries.

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