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.

Grounds open
Gallery Closed due to Covid-19

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries.

Galleries & grounds

Come and enjoy the grounds at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. While we are still working on reopening our gallery buildings, we welcome you to enjoy the grounds at Modern One and Two. 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.

  • <strong>Grounds open<br>Gallery Closed due to Covid-19</strong>
  • <strong>Grounds open<br>Gallery Closed due to Covid-19</strong>
75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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.

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

Gallery floor plans

Below are the floor plans for both Modern One and Modern Two.
Please note the buildings are currently closed, however the grounds are open for you to enjoy.

 

Admissions

Admissions

What's open

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time our gallery buildings are closed, however the grounds are open for you to enjoy at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Opening times

Car park - 9.45am-5.30pm
Changing Places toilet - 10am-5pm
Toilets - 10am-5pm
Pop-up cafe - 10am-3pm

Contact

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

Your safety

We have received the 'We're Good to Go' accreditation from Visit Scotland. The ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation demonstrates that we are adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check the required processes and protocols are in place.

Families

Families

Our buildings are currently closed. 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.

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Must see
Display

Beyond Realism | Dada and Surrealism

Modern One

Until Sun 25 Oct 2020

Grounds open
Gallery Closed due to Covid-19

Temporarily Closed

Exhibition Coming Soon

Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

Modern Two

Coming later this year!

Grounds open
Gallery Closed due to Covid-19

£12.00

Display

Figurative Art in Scotland and England 1918-1945

Modern One

Grounds open
Gallery Closed due to Covid-19

Temporarily Closed

Display

Expressive Art in the Early 20th Century

Modern One

Grounds open
Gallery Closed due to Covid-19

Temporarily Closed

Cafés & shops

Pop-up cafe

Open daily 10am to 3pm, except when there is inclement weather.
Toilet facilities are located at the rear of Modern One.

While the galleries are closed we are pleased to provide a pop-up takeaway cafe

The pop-up cafe 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.

Café Modern One

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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

Paolozzi's Kitchen

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The café at Modern Two offers table service and Scottish/Italian-themed food – Italian classics using Scottish ingredients, seasonal, local produce, all made on-site from scratch.

Sample menu

Book a table

Shops

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries

The shop at Modern One has 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.

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.