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.

Closed until further notice

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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All of our Gallery buildings are closed until further notice in line with Scottish Government restrictions.

Visiting the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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 self-led tours of our sculptures in the grounds.

All of our Gallery buildings will remain closed until further notice, in line with Scottish Government restrictions.

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.

  • <b>Closed until further notice</b>
  • <b>Closed until further notice</b>
75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Accessibility & facilities

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
  • Disabled parking
  • Bike rack
  • Parking

Gallery floor plans

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

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.

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

Tour of Dada and Surrealism at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Patrick Elliott, Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland, introduces our display Beyond Realism: Dada and Surrealism at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. This tour gives you an insight into some of the Dada and Surrealist collection highlights. Artworks introduced by Patrick include those by Man Ray, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Leonora Carrington.

Tour of Cubism at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Cubist art emerged in Paris around 1907. The two main 'inventors' of Cubism were the French painter Georges Braque (1882–1963) and the Spaniard Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). The term 'Cubism' originated in a derogatory remark made by an art critic in 1908: he said that Braque reduced everything 'to geometric outlines, to cubes'. The term 'Cubism' soon came into widespread use, although in fact Cubist paintings rarely feature cubes.

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Display Coming Soon

Cubism

Modern One

Closed until further notice

Exhibition Coming Soon

New Arrivals | From Salvador Dalí to Jenny Saville

Modern One

Sat 27 Mar 2021 - Sun 20 Mar 2022

Closed until further notice

Display Coming Soon

Beyond Realism | Dada and Surrealism

Modern One

Closed until further notice

Must see
Exhibition Coming Soon

Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

Modern Two

Until Sun 5 Sep 2021

Closed until further notice

Cafés and shops

Pop-up café

Open daily 10am-3pm
(except when there is inclement weather)

The pop-up café beside the entrance to Modern Two offers takeaway 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.

Contactless payment only.

Café Modern One

Closed until further notice.

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.

Paolozzi's Kitchen

Closed until further notice.

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.

Modern One Shop

Closed until 27 March 2021 +44 (0)131 624 6307

The shop at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art stocks 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

Closed until further notice. +44 (0)131 624 6272

The shop at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art stocks Scottish gifts, exhibition lines and exclusive products featuring well-loved images from Scottish artworks.

Shop online
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.