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

We're currently in the process of transforming the Scottish National Gallery so we can showcase Scotland's art in a whole new light.

Find out how this might 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

Our Gallery Bus takes visitors to all three galleries. Starting at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art the bus runs a circular route to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery. A voluntary donation of £1 is required. The bus drops off, but does not pick up at the Portrait Gallery.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Scottish National Portrait Gallery (drop off only) Scottish National Gallery
11am 11:15am 11:30am
12 noon 12:15pm 12:30pm
2pm 2:15pm 2:30pm
3pm 3:15pm 3:30pm
4pm 4:15pm 4:30pm

Accessibility & facilities

In order to protect our vulnerable works of art from any kind of accidental damage we kindly ask all visitors to either carry their rucksack/backpack by hand or place it in a locker.

The disabled parking bays are currently not in use.

From mid-December until the completion of the project, there will be no disabled access to rooms 14, 17 and 18 where we show 19th and early 20th Century Art, including Scottish Art, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Find out more.

We apologise for any inconvenience the above changes may cause.  

  • 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

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

Must see
Exhibition

Pin-Ups | Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity

National

Until Sun 20 Jan 2019

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

£10.00

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

Turner in January

National

Tue 1 Jan 2019 - Thu 31 Jan 2019

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

Free

Featured events

Featured events

Drop-in event

Still Life Drawing in the Gallery

National

Fri 21 Dec 2018

10:30am - 12:30pm

Free

+7 other sessions

Drop-in event

Once-A-Month Stitching in the Gallery

National

Wed 9 Jan 2019

10:30am - 3:30pm

Free

+1 other sessions

Music concert

Special Concert: Taylor Wilson

National

Wed 9 Jan 2019

6 - 6:45pm

£6.00

Course SOLD OUT

Reduction Lino-Cut Printing Inspired by Toulouse Lautrec

National

Sat 12 Jan 2019

10:30am - 4pm

£95.00

+1 other sessions

Cafés & shops

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm
+44 (0)131 225 1550

Celebrating the very best ingredients from Scottish producers and growers, The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant offers delicious, fresh, simple, good value food in a beautiful setting.

We are delighted that The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant has been 'hitlisted' by the List Eating & Driking Guide 2018/19 as one of the best places to eat of its kind in Edinburgh.

Book a table

Garden Café

Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm
+44 (0)131 225 1550

The Garden Café offers fresh coffee and sweet-treats. Either relax in our informal café or take out and enjoy in Princes Street gardens.

Shop

Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Each shop is home to an inspiring range of products including a fantastic selection of pints, posters and books, stationery and gifts.

Shop online
While you're here

While you're here

Scottish National Gallery Project

This ambitious project will create a new suite of exhibition spaces that will be directly accessible from the adjoining Princes Street Gardens, and provide a light-filled, new home for the our unrivalled collection of Scottish art, raising its profile for visitors from all over the world.

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. 

Prints and library

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. There you can also find our historic art library covering art from the 14th to the 20th century.

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.