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.

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. Please note that there is currently no access to the Landform until April 2020. The lawn is also home to Pig Rock Bothy which hosts a changing programme of performances, discussions, residencies and events.

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

The gallery bus is temporarily out of service. We hope to have the bus back on the road as soon as possible.

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).

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 depart Modern One depart Portrait (drop off only) National arrive National depart Modern One arrive Modern Two arrive
11am 11:01am 11:10am 11:15am 11:30am 11:45am 11:46am
12noon 12:01pm 12:10pm 12:15pm 12:30pm 12:45pm 12:46pm
2pm 2:01pm 2:10pm 2:15pm 2:30pm 2:45pm 2:46pm
3pm 3:01pm 3:10pm 3:15pm 3:30pm 3:45pm 3:46pm
4pm 4:01pm 4:10pm 4:15pm 4:30pm 4:45pm 4:46pm

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 www.accessibilityguides.org 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.

Admissions

Admissions

Cost

Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

Opening times

Open daily 10am–5pm

Contact

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

Must see
Exhibition Just Opened

Paula Rego | Obedience and Defiance

Modern Two

Until Sun 19 Apr 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm

£10.50

Must see
Exhibition

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

Modern One

Until Sun 31 May 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Must see
Display

Beyond Realism | Dada and Surrealism

Modern One

Until Sun 25 Oct 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Display Closing Soon

Contemporary Painters

Modern One

Until Sun 5 Jan 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Free

Featured events

Featured events

Lecture or talk

Paula Rego Themed Tour: Early Works

Modern Two

Sat 14 Dec 2019

2 - 2:45pm

Free

Exhibition ticket required

Drop-in event

Walk, Talk, Make: Winter (Ages 2-5)

Modern One

Sat 21 Dec 2019

11am - 12 noon

Free

Tour

Family Art Tours (Ages 6+)

Modern One

Sat 28 Dec 2019

11 - 11:45am

Free

Course

The Drawing Room (January 2020) - Paula Rego

Modern Two

Thu 9 Jan 2020

5:30 - 6:45pm

Free

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

Paolozzi's Kitchen

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

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

Open daily 10am–5pm

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.

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.