Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Overview

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

 

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Admission free | Advance booking required

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR.
Modern One 10am-5pm daily until 31 October.
From 1 November: 10am-5pm Thursday-Saturday. Closed Sunday-Wednesday.
Modern Two 10am-5pm daily.

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Booking is required and can be made up to four weeks in advance for Modern One and for the first three months of Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema at Modern Two.

Visiting the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

From 5 November the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) will move to opening three days a week - Thursday, Friday and Saturday - due to the staffing levels required to ensure we adhere to COVID-19 health and safety standards. The cafe at Modern One, and the grounds of the Modern Galleries will continue to be open seven days a week.

Those visiting will have their very own special experiences with the much-loved artworks of the nation’s exceptional art collection, as we will be 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, but tickets must be booked here in advance. Booking is now open. Everything you need to know about your visit can be found here, or in our Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Come and enjoy the grounds at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.  With their world-class sculptures and a pop-up cafe, these beautiful green spaces are a breath of fresh air. You can also enjoy some of our family activities and tours of our sculptures in the grounds.

The lawn at the front of Modern One was landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks.

Modern One 

Modern Two

Modern One is housed in a neoclassical building, which was designed by William Burn in 1825. Modern Two was originally built in 1833 and in 1999 it was converted into a Gallery.

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.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR.
Modern One 10am-5pm daily until 31 October.
From 1 November: 10am-5pm Thursday-Saturday. Closed Sunday-Wednesday.
Modern Two 10am-5pm daily.

Accessibility & facilities

The Changing Places toilet is located in the rear car park of Modern One with accessible parking spaces located nearby. The unit is open 10am-5pm, every day, a key is not required.

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org for Modern One and Modern Two.

Parking for visitors is available at both Modern One and Modern Two. A donation is requested of £3 for up to 4 hours and £6 for 4-8 hours. Our payment meters have contactless capability.

  • Wheelchair access
  • Changing places toilet
  • Public toilets
  • Disabled parking
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Bike rack
  • Parking

Gallery floor plans

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

About your visit

About your visit

What's open

Both the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern One and Modern Two are open.

Opening times

Modern One
10am-5pm daily (until 1 November).
From 1 November: 10am-5pm daily Thursday-Saturday. Closed Sunday-Wednesday.
Café Modern One open 10am-5pm daily.
Changing Places toilet 10am-5pm daily.
Car park 9.45am-5.30pm daily.

Modern Two
10am-5pm daily.
Gallery Shop and Paolozzi's Kitchen open 10am-5pm daily.
Pop-up takeaway Café open 10am-4pm daily. Car park 9.45am-5.30pm daily.

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, but tickets must be booked here in advance. Booking is now open. Everything you need to know about your visit can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Keeping you safe on your visit

Keeping you safe on your visit

Book online

Admission is via a ticketed entry system which must be booked in advance online only. 

Additional cleaning

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

One-way system

To keep you safe, one-way routes are in place throughout the Galleries.

Maintain a safe distance

We are asking all visitors to adhere to current physical distancing rules.

Face coverings

In line with Government guidelines, we are asking all visitors over the age of 5 to bring and wear a face covering. Our staff will be wearing face coverings.

Hand sanitiser

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

Timed visitor slots

We are limiting the number of visitors coming into our galleries via timed visitor slots. We hope that this will make you feel safe when re-engaging with much-loved artworks.

Feeling unwell?

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

Smartify

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

Families

Families

We can't wait to welcome you and your family to the gallery again as soon as we can. The grounds of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are open and perfect for exploring with your family. We have created some activities for you and your family to enjoy while stomping around the grounds.

Walk, Talk, Make Sculpture Trail

You and your family can find out about some artists, their artworks and follow prompts to make your own art with this trail.

Art Stomps (for the under 5s)

Sculpture-hunting, leaf-kicking, outdoor art-making!

Sensory Sculpture Stories

Stories to encourage you to use your senses to enjoy and experience the sculptures in our grounds.

In the grounds

In the grounds

Explore our grounds with these sculpture guides.

Sculpture park audio tour

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

Sensory sculpture trail

A series of 6 creative prompts, around the grounds, to help you experience the artworks with your body, breath, ears, eyes and mind.

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Must see
Exhibition Closing Soon

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art visit | Modern One

Modern One

10am-5pm daily

Display

Beyond Realism | Dada and Surrealism

Modern One

10am-5pm daily

Must see
Exhibition

NOW | Katie Paterson, Darren Almond, Shona Macnaughton, Lucy Raven

Modern One

Until Sun 10 Jan 2021

10am-5pm daily

Must see
Exhibition Just Opened

Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

Modern Two

Sat 24 Oct 2020 - Sun 5 Sep 2021

Cafés

Pop-up café

Open daily 10am-4pm
(except when there is inclement weather)

The pop-up café beside the entrance to Modern Two offers snacks, sweet treats and coffee to keep you energised during your visit to the gallery grounds. Relax and enjoy the view over the Modern Two lawns and take a wander around the sculpture trails. Takeaway only.

Café Modern One

Open daily 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm)

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. No booking required - counter service and takeaway available.

Paolozzi's Kitchen

Open daily 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm)

Our new restaurant in Modern Two serves Italian classics made with seasonal, Scottish ingredients. Plus delicious cakes and freshly baked scones, available all day, every day. No booking required - counter service and takeaway available.

Research facilities

Research facilities

We are not currently able to take bookings for our print rooms and libraries. We hope to be able to offer them again soon.

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.

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.