Scottish National Gallery

Overview

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh and home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world.

 

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Open daily, 10am-5pm
Booking required

Admission free

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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Rooms 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be closed on 20 January. Room 14 will be closed on 21 January. This is while we refresh our displays. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Visiting the Scottish National Gallery

Those visiting the Scottish National Gallery will have their very own special experiences with the much-loved artworks of the nation's exceptional art collection, as we are limiting the number of visitors in each gallery at any one time. To manage this we've instituted a free, timed ticketing system. Admission is free, and tickets must be booked in advance.

Although it is not an entry requirement, in line with Scottish Government advice, we would encourage taking a lateral flow test prior to visiting us. Please see below for more information on the Covid safety measures we have already implemented.

We have signed up to the Good to Go scheme to show we are committed to meeting current Scottish Government health and safety standards for our buildings and staff. 

The Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck, Tiepolo, Landseer, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and Angelica Kauffmann amongst many others. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting – including Ramsay, Raeburn and Wilkie.

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.

What's included in your visit

 

Getting here

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

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> Booking required
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Accessibility & facilities

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

Find out more about disabled access at the Scottish National Gallery

Accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • Baby change for gallery visitors
  • Toilets for gallery visitors
About your visit

About your visit

Opening times

Gallery Daily 10am-5pm.
Shop Daily 10am-5pm.
The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant Daily 10am-5pm (last orders 4pm).

What's open

Most of the rooms in the gallery are now open for you to enjoy as part of your booked visit. Two of the upstairs galleries remain closed as part of the ongoing improvements for the Scottish National Gallery Project.

Contact

For general enquiries regarding your visit or gallery services:
+44 (0)131 624 6200
[email protected]

Your safety

We've instituted a free, timed ticketing system. Admission is free, and tickets must be booked in advance. Everything you need to know about your visit can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions

Group visits

We are now welcoming schools and community groups of 10 or more to book free self-led visits to all our galleries.

Safety information

  • Although it is not an entry requirement, in line with Scottish Government advice, we would encourage taking a lateral flow test prior to visiting us. 

  • We have signed up to Check In Scotland, a voluntary service which enables visitors to quickly and securely provide their contact details to asssist with COVID-19 contact tracing.

  • We have signed up to the Good to Go scheme to show we are committed to meeting current Scottish Government health and safety standards for our buildings, staff and visitors.

  • Admission is via a ticketed entry system. Booking is required at the National and Modern Two and recommended at our other galleries. If you have not pre-booked, entry may be available on the day. Ask a member of staff onsite for details.

  • We have instituted a programme of deep cleaning of the Galleries and will have staff onsite cleaning all touch points throughout the day.

  • We ask that you maintain physical distancing from others during your visit.

  • We ask all visitors over the age of 12 to bring and wear a face covering. Our staff will be wearing face coverings.

  • Hand sanitiser is available in key areas, along with increased cleaning regimes in toilets and other high use areas.

  • We are admitting visitors coming into our galleries via hourly visitor slots at Portrait and Modern One and 15 minute slots at the National and Modern Two.

  • If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

  • Download Smartify to access our highlights tour, large print labels and get more information about the artworks during your visit.

  • When visiting us, please limit your group to three households or less.

Tour of Nineteenth Century Scottish Painting at the Scottish National Gallery

Deputy Director and Chief Curator Tricia Allerston introduces our display of nineteenth-century Scottish paintings at the Scottish National Gallery. This tour gives you an insight into some of the highlights of this part of the collection, including work by artists such as William McTaggart, Phoebe Anna Traquair, Arthur Melville and James Paterson.

Tour of Impressionism and Post Impressionism at the Scottish National Gallery

Frances Fowle, Curator of French art at the National Galleries of Scotland, introduces our display of Impressionism and Post Impressionism at the Scottish National Gallery. Artworks introduced by Frances include those by Camille Pissaro, Berthe Morisot, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat.

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Must see
Exhibition Closing Soon

Turner in January

Scottish National Gallery

Until Mon 31 Jan 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Display

Poussin's Sacraments

Scottish National Gallery

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Display

Scottish Art 1670 — 1840

Scottish National Gallery

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Display

Italian Renaissance 1470 — 1600

Scottish National Gallery

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Cafés and shops

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Open daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4pm). +44 (0)131 225 1550

Located at the gardens level entrance to the Scottish National Gallery, our restaurant offers incredible views east across Princes Street Gardens. The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is run by Victor and Carina Contini who are committed to sustainable practices and buy direct from a trusted network of over 70 Scottish artisan suppliers.

Enjoy a lunch of Scottish classics like cullen skink and fish and chips or indulge yourself with our all-day brunch menu or an afternoon tea. Advance booking is preferred. Just follow the link below.

Access is always available to the Scottish Cafe & Restaurant via the back door of the Royal Scottish Academy building – straight opposite the entrance to the Scottish National Gallery when visiting Turner in January.

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Gallery Shop

Open daily, 10am-5pm. +44 (0)131 624 6494

The shop at the Scottish National Gallery, stocks Scottish gifts, books, limited edition prints, stationery, fashion, craft, design and exclusive products featuring well-loved images from Scottish artworks.

The shop is accessed via the East Princes Street Gardens Entrance. No gallery visit ticket required to enter.
Access is also available to the via the back door of the Royal Scottish Academy building – straight opposite the entrance to the Scottish National Gallery when visiting Turner in January.

Shop online

Rooms 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be closed on 20 January. Room 14 will be closed on 21 January. This is while we refresh our displays. We apologise for any inconvenience.

While you're here

While you're here

Research Facilities

The National Galleries of Scotland offer a variety of opportunities for members of the public to access our resources and view artworks that are not on display in our gallery spaces. 

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.