School Visits

We are are in the process of reopening our gallery buildings over the coming weeks and are not currently able to offer schools visits. We hope to be able to offer them again soon. Sign up to our schools email newsletter to make sure you hear from us when we do.

In the meantime, take a look at our online learning resources, our Art Competition for schools and families. We also created our own Creative Curriculum during lockdown which is full of activities designed to help children make their own discoveries about art. This programme has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Best Website Activity award.


Plan a visit

  • Book year round - your first visit is free (applies to all EU schools)

  • Travel subsidies are available for schools most in need (enquire when you book)

  • Book four weeks ahead for a guided visit or two weeks ahead for self-led visits and free entry to ticketed exhibitions

  • Check our events listings for Teachers' professional learning opportunities

At home resources

Want to start a conversation about art? Here are some simple ideas. 


Explore our teachers' resources, for use in the classroom and in the gallery.

Explore our resources

Our Galleries

The National Galleries of Scotland comprises three galleries.

Scottish National Gallery project

While the Scottish National Gallery is currently undergoing a major transformation, we want to keep our collection accessible to as many people as possible.

Due to the ongoing work:

  • We will accept two groups per day of up to 35 people (both schools and adult groups)
  • There is currently no bus drop-off point so you will need to travel by foot or public transport
  • There may be some noise disruption during your visit


There is a full activity schedule at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Find out how construction work might affect your visit

Find out more about the project

School visit FAQs

Learning and Engagement contact details

If you're looking for more information on creative opportunities, professional learning for teachers, or school visits please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.

+44 (0)131 624 6410

[email protected]