Granton Art Centre

The Granton Art Centre is Scotland’s first purpose-built art store for paintings, drawings and sculptures from the national collection. It provides 1,300 square metres of secure and climate-controlled storage space.

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time we have closed all of our Galleries.

During this time we're not taking bookings for individual appointments or group visits. You can request a visit to the Granton Art Centre using the form below. We will keep a waiting list of requests and respond when we re-open.

Access to the collection

The majority of our collection in store is accessible via Granton Art Centre, and you can also access over 50,000 works on paper, including photographs, watercolours, prints and drawings, in our print rooms at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  Find out more and arrange a visit.

We are committed to making our collections in store as accessible as possible, however access to some of our collection may be restricted at times, and we are unable to guarantee viewings of these artworks other than by special arrangement.  If the artworks requested are restricted at this time you will be advised accordingly and you may then submit an application to view by special arrangement.  In order to support this you will be asked to provide further information on the reason(s) why you require to view the artwork(s).

Book a visit

To arrange a visit to Granton Art Centre, please complete the form below. 

  • We require a minimum of three weeks notice
  • Visits are normally expected to take place Monday to Wednesday, and Fridays, between 13:00 and 15:00
Please include as many details as possible, artist name, work title, description, accession number if known.
Please include as many details as possible, artist name, work title, description, accession number if known.

What can you expect from your visit?

Granton Art Centre is located within the National Museums Collection Centre secure site and so you will be asked to present photographic identification and sign in upon arrival at the site office.  You will then be directed to the Granton Art Centre building, where you will be met by a member of National Galleries Scotland staff who will confirm your photographic identification and facilitate viewing of the artwork(s) in store.

The Artworks at Granton Art Centre are kept in storage conditions, on racks, and not on display.  This is why we need to know in advance which artworks you wish to view.  Please note that for conservation reasons there is no natural light in the stores. 

Visitors are welcome to take photographs for personal, non-commercial use, provided copyright lies with National Galleries of Scotland. All other uses require prior permission from National Galleries of Scotland. Tripods, monopods, and flash lighting are prohibited.

Visitors with special needs are advised to detail their requirements  when making the appointment so that we can provide the appropriate level of assistance for their visit.

Research facilities

The National Galleries of Scotland offers a variety of opportunities for members of the public to access our resources and view artworks that are not on display in our gallery spaces. These include two libraries, print rooms, an archive and special book store. Visits can be arranged via appointment.

Find out more