School Visits

Discover the inspiration and power of the visual arts, through historic, modern and contemporary art. Gallery visits align closely with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence to nurture creativity, develop skills and deepen understanding of culture in Scotland and the world.  

You can also take inspiration from our online learning resources for ideas to engage learners with art, wherever you are. 

Plan a visit

Plan a visit

Book your self-led gallery visit or workshop below. If your learners have additonal needs contact us and we'll tailor a visit to suit your needs.

Early years

Book a gallery visit for 3 to 5-year-olds to discover the stories and magic of art.

Primary school

Book a group visit to experience the inspiration and power of art.

Secondary school / FE

Book a group visit to deepen understanding of art in Scotland and the world.

Higher education

The galleries are a valuable resource for students and tutors in higher education. Book a self-led visit now.

Resources

Resources

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

Explore our resources

You 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

Learning through pictures

Whether you want to introduce a new topic, encourage literacy or just get to know your students better, art postcards can be used in many ways across the curriculum.

Scottish identity

Taking the iconic painting Monarch of Glen as a starting point this resource asks the question 'Who decides who we are?' For upper primary and secondary pupils.

Welcome videos

Portrait Gallery

Watch this short welcome video / social story to prepare your learners for their visit to the Portrait Gallery. It introduces the people, the spaces and how to get around. 

Information on accessibility at our galleries

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)

Watch this short welcome video / social story to prepare your learners for their visit to Modern One. It introduces the people, the spaces and how to get around. 

Information on accessibility at our galleries
Accessibility

Accessibility

Everyone is welcome at the National Galleries of Scotland. 

Find out how we make our buildings, services and programmes as accessible and inclusive as possible. 

Which gallery do you want to visit?

Which gallery do you want to visit?

There is so much to discover at all three gallery sites in the centre of Edinburgh.

Scottish National Gallery

Home to one of the greatest art collections in the world.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Modern One

An outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

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

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

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