Parents' Survival Guide

General information about visiting the Galleries can be found in our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Car parking

There is pay and display parking at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One and Two. Charges are £1 for four hours. The Scottish National Gallery is served by city centre parking, either on George Street, Queen Street, or the large car park at the St. James Centre. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is also served by the St James Centre car park.

Facilities for babies

All the galleries have baby changing areas, located within the disabled toilets. We do not have any dedicated rooms for breast feeding, but there will usually be a quiet area where you can go if you are uncomfortable using the changing area or the public spaces. Please ask a gallery attendant on site for advice.


Access for buggies and wheelchairs is available at all galleries: at the main entrances to the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, and at the back entrance of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two.

Free activities and resources for families

We organise regular free drop-in activities and a propgramme of special and holiday events for families. Regular activities are Art Cart, Bags of Art, Portrait Detectives and Storytelling. There are also free gallery trails available for families at the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  See the Education pages for full details.


Touchscreen computers at the IT Gallery in the Scottish National Gallery and Faces and Places Touchscreen Gallery at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery allow children and families to browse images and information about the collection at their own pace.

You can also use ArtHunter, our free mobile app, to discover new works you might enjoy and unlock bonus content, video, audio, and high resolution images to come back to whenever you like. Find out more about ArtHunter.


There is plenty of seating available in all the Galleries.


For the safety of the artworks you may not eat or drink in the Galleries, but each Gallery has a café providing food and drink with at least one vegetarian option. High chairs are provided for young children. More information about our restaurants and cafés can be found in the Visit section for each Gallery.

Visitors can picnic in the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and in Princes Street Gardens, which are adjacent to the Scottish National Gallery.


The Galleries’ many attendants will be happy to help with any enquiries. They wear a uniform of white shirt with dark green tartan trousers and a name badge, and can be found either at the front desk or in the Galleries.