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

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.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • 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

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 Coming Soon

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

Modern Two

Sat 17 Nov 2018 - Sun 2 Jun 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Must see
Exhibition

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

Modern One

Until Sun 28 Apr 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Display

Surrealism and the Marvellous

Modern Two

Until Thu 28 Feb 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Display

Contemporary Painters | Michael Armitage, Georg Baselitz, Peter Doig, Chris Ofili, Raqib Shaw

Modern One

Until Sun 17 Mar 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Featured events

Featured events

Our Friends
Special event

Friends Preview: Warhol and Paolozzi: “I want to be a Machine”

Modern

Thu 15 Nov 2018

5:30 - 8pm

Free

Drop-in event

Walk, Talk, Make (Ages 2-5)

Modern One

Sat 17 Nov 2018

11am - 12:30pm

Free

Lecture or talk

In the Mind's Eye – Surreal Paintings

Modern Two

Tue 20 Nov 2018

12:45 - 1:15pm

Free

Our Friends
Tour SOLD OUT

A Guided Tour through Watercolours

Modern

Wed 21 Nov 2018

11am - 12:30pm

£10.00

Cafés & shops

Café Modern One

Monday-Friday: 9am-4.30pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-4.30am
0131 332 8600

Café Modern One is the perfect location for a spot of al fresco dining. Our garden terrace is a great place to enjoy one of our tasty salads, a deli filled sandwich or one of our delicious hot dishes. Join friends for a lazy lunch with a glass of wine or have a quick catch up with coffee.

Café Modern Two

Open daily from 10am-4.30pm 0131 624 6273

The more intimate 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.

A luxurious afternoon tea for two at Café Modern Two costs only £30

Book a table

Shops

Open daily 10am–5pm

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has two shops, one at Modern One and one at Modern Two, each with a wonderful selection of art books, unusual gifts and a great range of postcards featuring works from the Collection. With contemporary homewares, limited edition jewellery, beautiful stationery and inspiring designs on everyday items, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift.

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While you're here

While you're here

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.

Print room

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

Library

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

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.

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.