Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Overview

There’s more to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art than meets the eye. Spend the most beautiful day, among wonderful art, fun parks, and relaxing shops and cafes. Discover more below…

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free | Charges for some exhibitions

73 & 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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Modern Two is currently closed. Our research facilities and Paolozzi's Studio are open by appointment. Find out more. Modern One is open as usual. The grounds at Modern Two are open daily.

The gallery

Discover the stories within...

 

The Galleries

Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, both set in beautiful sculpture parks.

At Modern One, explore sculptures by major artists such as Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth outside and a superb collection of art ranging from the 1900s to the present day within. Discover the dramatic lawn at the front of Modern One, designed by landscape architect Charles Jencks. The collection includes works by Matisse, Picasso, Vuillard, and Dix. It also includes a world-famous collection of Surrealism and Dada as well as a superb selection of paintings by Scottish artists such as Peploe, Fergusson, Douglas Gordon and Steven Campbell. Café Modern One serves lunches, incredible cakes and delicious coffee.

Modern Two is home to The Stairwell Project, a large- scale, permanent work by 2009 Turner Prize- winner Richard Wright. Comprising several thousand individually hand-painted forms, the piece is one of Wright’s most complex and ambitious works to date in the world. Modern Two is also home to a detailed recreation of Eduard Paolozzi's studio on permanent display. Paolozzi's towering sculpture, Vulcan, dominates Paolozzi's Kitchen, our café named after the artist. Enjoy delicious lunches, cakes and coffee while taking in this stunning work.

See all exhibitions and displays at Modern One and Two

See all artworks on display at Modern One and Two

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

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.

Venue map
73 & 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Accessibility

Accessibility & facilities

Detailed information on accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

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. There is free accessible parking for blue badge holders.

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Changing places toilet
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Bike rack
  • Parking
  • Toilets for gallery visitors
  • Café
About your visit

About your visit

Opening times

Modern One
Gallery Daily, 10am-5pm.
Shop Daily, 10am-5pm.
Café Modern One Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm).
Changing Places toilet Daily, 10am-5pm.
Car park Open daily, 9.45am-5.30pm.


Modern Two
Gallery Closed.
Shop Closed.
Paolozzi's Kitchen Closed.
Paolozzi's studio Open by appointment from 22 October.
Research facilities Open by appointment.
Car park Daily, 9.45am-5.30pm.

Contact

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

Your safety

Everything you need to know about your visit can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Group visits

Schools and community groups of 10 or more can book free self-led visits to all our galleries.

Safety information

  • In line with Scottish Government advice we strongly recommend our visitors and staff wear face coverings in our galleries.

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

  • 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.

Modern One BSL introduction

Presented by Trudi Collier, this short welcome film in British Sign Language (BSL) introduces the building and collections of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One).

Families

Families

The grounds of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are perfect for exploring with your family. We have created some activities for you and your family to enjoy while stomping around the grounds.

Find out more

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.

Art chat | Conversations with the Collection

Designed for families aged 6+ this guide helps you explore the different artworks in our Conversations with the Collection exhibition and encourages you to make your own. Available to pick up in gallery or download.

Art chat | New Arrivals

Designed for families aged 6+ this guide helps you explore the different artworks in our New Arrivals exhibition and encourages you to make your own. Available to pick up in gallery or download.

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 six 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

New Arrivals | From Salvador Dalí to Jenny Saville

Modern One

Until Sun 12 Feb 2023

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Must see
Exhibition

Conversations with the Collection

Modern One

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Display Just Opened

Paolozzi Studio

Modern Two

From 22 Oct 2022 (by appointment)

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Exhibition Coming Soon

Alberta Whittle | create dangerously

Modern One

Sat 1 Apr 2023 - Sun 7 Jan 2024

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Featured events

Featured events

Lecture or talk

Conversations with the Collection | Merlin James and Dr Catherine Spencer (in person)

Modern One

Fri 2 Dec 2022

12:45 - 1:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop

BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby/Bump)

Modern One

Mon 5 Dec 2022

10:15 - 10:45am

Free

+2 other sessions

Special event

Teachers' Private View | Conversations with the Collection

Modern One

Wed 7 Dec 2022

5:15 - 7pm

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop SOLD OUT

Art Stomps | Winter

Modern One

Sat 10 Dec 2022

11am - 12:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Restaurants

Cafés and shops

Café Modern One

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

Café Modern One has had a full makeover. Pop in and enjoy the plush new decor or the beautiful terrace and garden to the rear of the gallery if it's a sunny day. Offering seasonal tasty salads, deli filled sandwiches, hearty soups, delicious hot dishes and artisanal baking all prepared from scratch on the premises.

 

Paolozzi's Kitchen

Currently closed

Located inside Modern Two and set around Paolozzi’s vast Vulcan sculpture, this is surely one of the more unusual backdrops to lunch, coffee, cake or anything in between! Inspired by the renowned Scottish artist and sculptor, Eduardo Paolozzi, this exciting new restaurant serves Italian classics made with seasonal and local Scottish ingredients.  Come to our counter and try the delicious cakes and freshly baked homemade scones, available all day, every day.

Modern One Shop

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

The shops at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art stock Scottish gifts, books, limited edition prints, stationery, fashion, craft, design and exclusive products featuring well-loved images from Scottish artworks.

Shop online

Modern Two Shop

Currently closed +44 (0)131624 6494

Gifts to take home from the major retrospective Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life currently on display. Celebrating Barbara Hepworth's career with books, prints, limited editions, art materials along with Scottish gifts, books, design and fashion all inspired by her work.

Shop online
Research facilities

Research facilities

All visitors are welcome to use our research facilities, whether for pleasure or for academic study. Visits are free but must be pre-booked.

Prints and Drawings Study Room at Modern Two

Housing the international and Scottish collections of historic, modern and contemporary works of art on paper, the Prints and Drawings Study Room gives access to over 35,000 works of graphic art not on permanent display.

Reading Room at Modern Two

Home to our library, archive and special collections, the Reading Room is an outstanding resource on the history and theory of art from 1300 to the present. Visitors can access over 100,000 library items, 6,000 artists’ and special books and 140+ archival holdings.

Gabrielle Keiller Library

The Gabrielle Keiller Library was specially designed by the architect Terry Farrell to house two key collections of Dada and Surrealist books and papers acquired in the mid-1990s.

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.