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. It comprises two galleries, Modern One and Modern Two. Modern Two is currently showing the critically acclaimed Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema

 

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Modern One
Open daily, 10am-5pm
Modern Two
Open daily, 10am-5pm

Booking required

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

[email protected]

Visiting the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Welcome to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art. Both Modern One and Modern Two are now open offering incredible art, a place to shop and two celebrated spaces to eat and drink. Come and also 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.

 

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>Modern One</b><br> Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> <b>Modern Two</b><br> Open daily, 10am-5pm
  • <b>Modern One</b><br> Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> <b>Modern Two</b><br> Open daily, 10am-5pm
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
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 Daily, 10am-5pm.
Shop Daily, 10am-5pm.
Paolozzi's Kitchen Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm).
Horsebox Café (takeaway only) Daily, 10am-3pm.
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

We've instituted a free, timed ticketing system. Admission is free, but tickets must be booked in advance. 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

We have signed up to Check In Scotland, a voluntary service which enables visitors to quickly and securely provide their contact details to asssist with COVID-19 contact tracing.

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.

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

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.

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

Must see
Exhibition Just Opened

Isaac Julien | Lessons of the Hour

Modern One

Until Sun 10 Oct 2021

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Gallery visit
Exhibition Just Opened

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art visit | Modern One

Modern One

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Must see
Exhibition Just Opened

Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

Modern Two

Until Sun 20 Feb 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm
(10am-8pm, August 5, 6,12 & 13)

Must see
Exhibition

Joan Eardley & Catterline

Modern One

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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

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

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.

Modern One Shop

Open daily 10am-5pm +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

Open daily 10am-5pm +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.