Scottish National Gallery

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

We have embarked upon an ambitious project to dramatically improve the way we present Scotland's art and enhance the visitor experience at the Scottish National Gallery. Visit this page to find out more about this project, or visit this page to find out how the project might affect your visit.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm
  • Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

Getting here

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

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

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.

National Galleries of Scotland are holders of a Green Tourism Gold award. This is the highest level award and demonstrates that we are an organisation committed to being an environmentally responsible visitor attraction, which champion sustainable practises within their operations and promote green tourism.  The Galleries were scored on a number of categories covering everything from how our buildings are managed, biodiversity on our grounds to social and equality issues. Find out more about Green Tourism.

Scottish National Gallery Project

Our ambitious plan to create an internationally significant new setting for the world’s greatest collection of Scottish art. This £22m scheme 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.

Find out more


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. The Royal Scottish Academy is open from 12noon on Sunday; otherwise its opening times are the same as for the Scottish National Gallery.

Learn more about the Royal Scottish Academy

Accessibility & facilities

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

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.

Cafés & restaurants

The Scottish Café & Restaurant

Opening times 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 Café & Restaurant offers delicious, fresh, simple, good value food in a beautiful setting.

We are delighted that The Scottish Café & 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

Opening times 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.


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

Online shop

Browse and download our What's On Guide for September to November 2018