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.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

[email protected]

Galleries & grounds

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. It comprises two galleries, one on either side of Belford Road, and a fantastic sculpture park.

The lawn at the front of Modern One was landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks. The lawn is also home to Pig Rock Bothy which hosts a changing programme of performances, discussions, residencies and events.

The pop-up play area in front of Modern One is free and open daily until 20 October 2019. As this play area is outdoors we sometimes need to close if it's wet under foot. On wet days we will still have the activities inside from 2-4pm until 11 August.

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 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.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Gallery bus

Due to road closures for the Diwali parade there will be no bus service between 2pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 26 October.

The Gallery bus shuttles visitors between the three gallery sites, for a voluntary donation of £1, starting and returning to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two).

The bus is currently not wheelchair accessible. The wheelchair accessible bus will be back in service soon.

Pick-up and drop-off points
Modern One - front of building
Modern Two - rear of building
Portrait - drop-off only at west St Andrew Square. Three minutes walk from the Gallery
National - The Mound 

Arrival/departure times
Please note these times are approximate.

Modern Two arrive Modern Two depart Modern One depart Portrait (drop off only) National arrive National depart
10:45am 11am 11:01am 11:15am 11:20am 11:30am
11:45am 12noon 12:01pm 12:15pm 12:20pm 12:30pm
12:45pm 2pm 2:01pm 2:15pm 2:20pm 2:30pm
2:45pm 3pm 3:01pm 3:15pm 3:20pm 3:30pm
3:45pm 4pm 4:01pm 4:15pm 4:20pm 4:30pm
Terminates at Modern Two 4:45pm

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 9am-5pm, every day, a key is not required.

A full accessibility guide is available at for Modern One and Modern Two.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing places toilet
  • 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.




Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

Opening times

Open daily 10am–5pm


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

Your safety

For safety reasons we kindly ask all visitors to carry rucksacks or backpacks by hand or use one of the lockers.

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

Exhibition Coming Soon

NOW | Katie Paterson, Darren Almond, Shona Macnaughton and Lucy Raven

Modern One

Sat 26 Oct 2019 - Sun 31 May 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm


Must see
Exhibition Closing Soon

Cut and Paste | 400 Years of Collage

Modern Two

Until Sun 27 Oct 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm


Must see

Beyond Realism | Dada and Surrealism

Modern One

Until Sun 25 Oct 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm


Display Closing Soon

Rosalind Nashashibi

Modern One

Until Sun 27 Oct 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm


Featured events

Featured events


Cut and Paste: Concept and Communication

Modern One

Thu 24 Oct 2019

10:30am - 4:30pm



Family Art Tours (Ages 6+)

Modern One

Sat 26 Oct 2019

11 - 11:45am


Our Friends

Visit to the Print Room


Wed 30 Oct 2019
11am - 12noon or 2.30 - 3:30pm


+1 other sessions


Wound Up, Ground Down or Stressed Out with Everyday Life?

Modern One

Fri 1 Nov 2019

1:30 - 4:30pm


+4 other sessions

Cafés & shops

Café Modern One

Monday-Friday: 9am-4.30pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-4.30pm
+44 (0)131 332 6245

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

Café Modern Two

Open daily from 10am-4.30pm +44 (0)131 332 5257

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.

Seasonal menu

Café Modern Two will close for refurbishment on 28th October. It will re-open as Paolozzi’s Kitchen, serving Scottish/Italian-themed food, in December 2019.

Book a table


Open daily 10am–5pm

There are shops at both Modern One and Modern Two, each with 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.

Pig Rock Bothy

Pig Rock Bothy is host to a dynamic and changing programme of performances, workshops, residencies and events.

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.