Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Overview

Welcome to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

enquiries@nationalgalleries.org

Galleries & grounds

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. Modern One is housed in a neoclassical building, which was designed by William Burn in 1825. The lawn at the front of the building was landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks and is home to a fantastic sculpture park. Pig Rock Bothy is also on the Modern One grounds and was designed for a changing programme of performances, discussions, residencies and events.

Modern One 

Modern Two

Modern Two was originally built in 1833 was converted into a Gallery in order to show the Gallery of Modern Art’s extensive collection of Dada and Surrealist art and work by the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi.

Read more about this history of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Gallery bus

The Gallery bus is temporarily unable to accept wheelchairs

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 able to accomodate one wheelchair.

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
12:45pm 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

The following facilities are available at the Gallery.

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

Gallery floor plans

Below are the floor plans for both Modern One and Modern Two.

Admissions

Admissions

Cost

Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

Opening times

Open daily 10am–5pm

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

Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book two weeks in advance in order to make the most of your visit and take advantage of discounts on paid exhibitions. Our team can help you plan your visit.

Schools, college & university visits

We offer an exciting range of tours and workshops for students of all ages.

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 Closing Soon

NOW | Monster Chetwynd, Henry Coombes, Moyna Flannigan, Betye Saar, Wael Shawky

Modern One

Until Sun 28 Apr 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Display

The Real Thing | Pop and Minimal Art

Modern One

Until Sun 2 Jun 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Must see
Exhibition

Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi | I want to be a machine

Modern Two

Until Sun 2 Jun 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Exhibition Closing Soon

Useless

Modern One

Until Sun 21 Apr 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Featured events

Featured events

Drop-in event

Poster Club: Paolozzi & Warhol (Ages 4-12)

Modern One

Mon 8 - Fri 12 and Mon 15 - Fri 19 Apr

Free

Drop-in event

Walk, Talk, Make (Ages 2-5)

Modern One

Sat 20 Apr 2019

11am - 12:30pm

Free

Special event SOLD OUT

Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh

Modern Two

Fri 26 Apr 2019

6:30 - 8:30pm

Free

Lecture or talk

Books in Focus: Kokoschka

Modern Two

Thu 2 May and Sat 4 May 2019
2:30 - 3:30pm

Free

+1 other sessions

Cafés & shops

Café Modern One

Monday-Friday: 9am-4.30pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-4.30pm
+44 (0)131 332 6245

Café Modern One looks out onto a beautiful terrace and kitchen garden to the rear of the gallery and offers seasonal tasty salads, deli filled sandwiches, hearty soups, delicious hot dishes and artisanal baking all prepared from scratch on the premises.

Sample menu

Café Modern Two

Open daily from 10am-4.30pm +44 (0)131 332 5257

Café Modern Two offers table service and a seasonally changing lunch menu which includes soups and light main meals, all cooked on the premises, as well as antipasti platters and filled focaccias and baguettes.

Seasonal menu

Book a table

Shops

Open daily 10am–5pm

There are shops at both Modern One and Modern Two, each with a wonderful selection of books, art-inspired gifts and a great range of postcards featuring works from the collection.

Shop online
Research facilities

Research facilities

Our print rooms and libraries are open to the public by appointment.

Archive and special books

Personal and institutional archives relating to 20th and 21st century Scottish and international art.

Modern & contemporary works on paper

The collection consists of Scottish and international 20th and 21st century graphic art.

Modern & contemporary art library

The modern art library covers the mid 19th century to the present day.

Historic prints and drawings

The collection consists of over 30,000 works of Scottish and international graphic art, from the early Renaissance to the 20th century.

Historic art library

The historic art research library covers the 14th to the 20th century.

While you're here

While you're here

Paolozzi studio

Discover more about Eduardo Paolozzi, his working methods and the source of his ideas in this recreation of his studio.

Sculpture park audio tour

Explore the sculpture in the grounds of Modern One and Two, with this audio tour.

Pig Rock Bothy

Pig Rock Bothy is host to a dynamic and changing programme of performances, workshops, residencies and events.

Venue Hire

Venue Hire

Two stylish neo-classical venues for smart evening events with extensive parkland and unique interior artworks. Perfect venues for stylish parties, drinks receptions or product launches.

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.