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

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.

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

Find out how else our major refurbishment project might affect your visit.

  • 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

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

Dutch and Flemish Art 1600 — 1700

National

Until Fri 28 Feb 2020

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

Free

Featured events

Featured events

Course

Life Drawing

National

Sat 16 Feb 2019

10am - 12 noon

£16.00

+5 other sessions

Lecture or talk

In Focus: Raeburn’s Portraits of the Forbes Brothers

National

Tue 19 Feb 2019

12:45 - 1:15pm

Free

Music concert

Live Music Now: Jacopo Lazzaretti

National

Thu 21 Feb 2019

6 - 6:30pm

Free

Tour

National Gallery Highlights Tours - February 2019

National

Sat 23 Feb
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.