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 National

National

Open daily, 10am–5pm

Free admission | Charges for some exhibitions

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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Home to world-class international and Scottish art from 1300 to 1945

Open, free to all. Yours to discover.

Immerse yourself in this breath-taking art collection. Experience paintings by internationally renowned artists such as Vermeer, Titian, Rembrandt, Velázquez and the Impressionists. Explore the newly opened Scottish galleries where you can encounter the very best of Scottish art from 1800 to 1945. Marvel at spectacular views over Edinburgh and discover the work of pioneering artists such as William McTaggart, Anne Redpath, Phoebe Anna Traquair, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Boys.  

Enjoy food and drink at the gallery café and restaurant and browse our exciting range of art-inspired gifts and books in the gallery shop.  

Whether you are new to the gallery, doing research or just passing by, the National welcomes everyone to explore art, make discoveries or just simply take time to unwind. 

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See all artworks on display at the National

Artworks

Getting here

The National can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

The Main Entrance is located in East Princes Street Gardens, off the Mound. The National is a five minute walk from Waverley Station.

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The National is just a two minute cycle from Waverley Station. There is bike parking available

The trams pass by the National on Princes Street in both directions. Use the stop at the Mound

The National is a few minutes’ walk from Waverley Station. Take the Waverley Bridge exit, and walk the short distance through Princes Street Gardens.

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All city centre/Princes Street buses also pass by the National.

For more information visit the Lothian Buses website

Follow routes for city centre and city centre attractions.

There is limited on street parking close by, including for those with a blue badge, and a multi-storey car park at the St James Quarter Car Park.

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About your visit

Opening times

Gallery Daily, 10am–5pm
Shop Daily, 10am–5pm
The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant Daily, 10am–5pm (last orders 4pm)
Cafe Espresso Daily, 10am–4pm

What's open

The new Scottish galleries at the National are now open and yours to discover. If you are planning a visit to see a particular artwork in the collection, please contact us at [email protected] to check if this work will be on display at the time of your visit.

Contact

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

Visitor information

Everything you need to know about your visit can be found in our frequently asked questions and our visitor guidelines.

Group visits

Schools and community groups of 10 or more can book free self-led visits to all our galleries.

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Families

Home to one of the greatest art collections in the world. The brand new Scottish galleries are ready for you to explore. Make a day of it and pack a picnic or sample the children's menu at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant.

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Free Family Trails

Explore the new Scottish galleries, together, with our Art Stomps (under 5s) and Art Chat (ages 6+) trails. 

Family Fridays

Fridays are for families! Every Friday during term-time we have new play activities, sensory spaces and, of course, hands-on making with artists.

Art Trolley

Pick up and play! You’ll find drawing materials, story books, cosy cushions, ear defenders, sketchbooks, paper and Sensory Bags – to help you make the most of a visit to the galleries!

Sensory Bags

In each bag you'll find lots of fun things that you can touch, smell and make sounds with –  can you find the artwork that matches the objects?

Audio and visitor guides

Discover the stories behind the art with Smartify, the free informative art app. Use the app to explore the artworks in the gallery or let us guide you with one of our specially created guides.

Audio Guide

We have invited a wide range of diverse and exciting interviewees to share their perspectives and opinions about the works on display.

Audio Described Tour

Audio descriptions of selected artworks from across the National. Each artwork included on this tour is signified in the gallery by a large AD symbol and a QR code, situated below the artwork label.

British Sign Language Tour

Enjoy this British Sign Language (BSL) tour of Scottish artworks from the National. You can follow the tour in the gallery using your own smartphone or watch at home.

Scan and discover

Discover the stories behind the art with Smartify, the free informative art app. Use the app to scan artworks in the gallery and learn even more about the work and the artist.

Group visits

We welcome group visits to the galleries. Be inspired by the international art collection and special exhibitions, take part in activities and explore the resources available.

Art on display

Some of the best-loved artworks currently on display at the Gallery

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Cafés and shops

While you're here

Research Facilities

The National Galleries of Scotland offer a variety of opportunities for members of the public to access our resources and view artworks that are not on display in our gallery spaces. 

Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy plays host to a variety of exhibitions programmed by the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, and others. 

Portrait

The Portrait is just five minutes walk from the National. Come face to face with the people who shaped Scotland’s past, present and future. The perfect compliment to your visit.

Venue hire

Situated in the very heart of Edinburgh, the National is one of the most prestigious venues for events.

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.