Scottish National Gallery

Overview

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world.

Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm

Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

enquiries@nationalgalleries.org

There is currently no disabled access to the upper levels of the Scottish National Gallery

Find out how our major refurbishment project may affect your visit.

The Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, amongst many others. The most comprehensive  part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting – all the major names, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart, are represented.

The Scottish National Gallery comprises both the National Gallery Building and the Royal Scottish Academy Building. Both of these buildings, designed by William Henry Playfair, stand in the heart of Edinburgh. Although originally built as separate structures, their histories have long been intertwined, and, since 2004, they have been physically connected by the underground Gardens Level.

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Gallery bus

The Gallery bus shuttles visitors between the three gallery sites, for a voluntary donation of £1, starting and returning to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One).

The bus is wheelchair accessible, with space for one wheelchair available.

Pick-up and drop-off points
Modern One - front of building
Modern Two - rear of building
Portrait - drop-off only at west St Andrew Square. Three minutes walk from the Gallery
National - The Mound 

Arrival/departure times
Please note these times are approximate.

Modern One arrive Modern One depart Modern Two depart Portrait (drop off only) National arrive National depart
10:45am 11am 11:01am 11:15am 11:20am 11:30am
11:45am 12noon 12:01pm 12:15pm 12:20pm 12:30pm
1:45pm 2pm 2:01pm 2:15pm 2:20pm 2:30pm
2:45pm 3pm 3:01pm 3:15pm 3:20pm 3:30pm
3:45pm 4pm 4:01pm 4:15pm 4:20pm 4:30pm
4:45pm terminates at Modern One

Accessibility & facilities

We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and Some facilities will also be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas

Find out more about disabled access at the Scottish National Gallery

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
Admissions

Admissions

Cost

Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

Opening times

Open daily, 10am - 5pm, Thursday until 7 pm

Contact

For general enquiries regarding your visit or gallery services:
+44 (0)131 624 6200
enquiries@nationalgalleries.org

Your safety

For safety reasons we kindly ask all visitors to carry rucksacks or backpacks by hand or use one of the lockers.

Groups of 10 or more

We are currently unable to take group bookings at the Scottish National Gallery due to an ambitious project to dramatically improve the way we present Scotland's art . There is a full activity schedule at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art .

Other languages

Other languages

We have information to help plan a visit available in a number of languages other than English. You can access these from the links below:

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Display

Scottish Art 1670 — 1840

National

Until Fri 28 Feb 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm

Free

Display

Italian Renaissance 1470 — 1600

National

Until Wed 30 Sep 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm

Free

Exhibition Coming Soon

Bridget Riley

National

Sat 15 Jun 2019 - Sun 22 Sep 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm

Admission TBC

Display

A Century of Scottish Art 1810-1920

National

Until Fri 28 Feb 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm

Free

Featured events

Featured events

Music concert

Live Music Now: Okapi Duo

National

Thu 21 Mar 2019

6 - 6:30pm

Free

Drop-in event

Still Life Drawing in the Gallery

National

Fri 22 Mar 2019

10:30am - 12:30pm

Free

+1 other sessions

Drop-in event

Still Life Drawing in the Gallery

National

Fri 22 Mar 2019

10:30am - 12:30pm

Free

+5 other sessions

Tour

National Gallery Highlights Tours - March 2019

National

Sat 30 Mar 2019
2 - 2:45pm & 3 - 3:45pm

Free

+1 other sessions

Cafés & shops

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Temporarily closed until spring 2019 +44 (0)131 225 1550

Until spring 2019, the Scottish Cafe & Restaurant will be temporarily closed. Café facilities will be relocated in the building whilst the Scottish National Gallery Project work continues.

The award-winning Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is run by the Contini family and is located at the gardens level entrance to the Scottish National Gallery with incredible views across Princes Street Gardens towards Waverley Bridge. Victor and Carina Contini are committed to sustainable practices and buy direct from a trusted network of over 70 Scottish artisan suppliers. The food offer is seasonal with an emphasis on tradition and taste.

Pop-up Café

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Thursdays until 7pm
+44 (0)131 225 1550

The Pop-up Café on the lower level of the Scottish National Gallery offers fresh hot and cold drinks and snacks. Either relax in our informal café or take out and enjoy.

Shops

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Thursdays until 7pm

The main shop will be closed for refurbishment until spring 2019 whilst the Scottish National Gallery Project work commences.

There is a souvenir shop in room 5 on the ground level of the Scottish National Gallery and a shop near the front of the Royal Scottish Academy. Each shop is home to a range of art-inspired products including a fantastic selection of prints, posters, books, stationery and gifts.

Shop online
While you're here

While you're here

Historic art library

Our historic art library contains over 50,000 volumes and covers art from the 14th to the 20th century. The library is located at Modern Two and is open by appointment.

Print room

A collection of over 30,000 works of Scottish and international graphic art, from the early Renaissance to the 20th century, is available to view by appointment at Modern Two.

Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy plays host to a variety of exhibitions programmed by the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, and others. 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is just five minutes walk from the Scottish National Gallery. Come face to face with the people who shaped Scotland’s past, present and future. The perfect compliment to your visit.

Venue hire

Venue hire

Situated in the very heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is one of the most prestigious venues for events.

About us

About us

The National Galleries of Scotland cares for, develops, researches and displays the national collection of Scottish and international art and, with a lively and innovative programme of activities, exhibitions, education and publications, aims to engage, inform and inspire the broadest possible public.