Scottish National Gallery

Overview

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh and home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world.

 

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Reopening 6 May

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

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The Scottish National Gallery will reopen on 6 May 2021 for three days a week (Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm)

Visiting the Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is closed until 6 May when it will reopen for three days a week (Thursday-Saturday). When we reopen, those visiting will have their very own special experiences with the much-loved artworks of the nation’s exceptional art collection, as we are limiting the number of visitors in each gallery at any one time. To manage this we've instituted a free, timed ticketing system. Admission is free, but tickets must be booked in advance.

While we've not been able to have you in our gallery buildings we've been quietly keeping busy with getting everything ready for when you return. We have signed up to the Good to Go scheme to show we are committed to meeting current Scottish Government health and safety standards for our buildings and staff. 

The Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck, Tiepolo, Landseer, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and Angelica Kauffmann amongst many others. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting – including Ramsay, Raeburn and Wilkie.

The Scottish National Gallery comprises both the National Gallery Building and the Royal Scottish Academy Building. Both of these buildings, designed by William Henry Playfair, stand in the heart of Edinburgh.

What's included in your visit

We have had to limit what we can safely put on display within the Gallery. This includes not being able to open our upstairs rooms (Rooms 14-18) where the Glasgow Boys and our Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works are normally displayed however we have moved some key works to the ground floor to make these incredibly popular works accessible to visitors. They include Olive Trees by Vincent van Gogh, Haystacks by Claude Monet and Vision of the Sermon by Paul Gauguin. Visitors will also be able to reconnect with other masterpieces such as Diego Velázquez’s An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, Sir Edwin Landseer’s iconic Monarch of the Glen and Sir Henry Raeburn’s Reverend Robert Walker (1755 - 1808), famously known as the Skating Minister.  Find out here what is not currently on display.

 

Getting here

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

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • <b>Reopening 6 May</b>
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

Accessibility & facilities

We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

Find out more about disabled access at the Scottish National Gallery

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • Baby change for gallery visitors
  • No lockers
  • Toilets for gallery visitors

Tour of Impressionism and Post Impressionism at the Scottish National Gallery

Frances Fowle, Curator of French art at the National Galleries of Scotland, introduces our display of Impressionism and Post Impressionism at the Scottish National Gallery. The display is currently closed to visitors but this tour gives you an insight into some of the Impressionist and Post Impressionist collection highlights. Artworks introduced by Frances include those by Camille Pissaro, Berthe Morisot, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat.

Tour of Nineteenth Century Scottish Painting at the Scottish National Gallery

Deputy Director and Chief Curator Tricia Allerston introduces our display of nineteenth-century Scottish paintings at the Scottish National Gallery. This tour gives you an insight into some of the highlights of this part of the collection, including work by artists such as William McTaggart, Phoebe Anna Traquair, Arthur Melville and James Paterson. This gallery is unfortunately not open at the moment due to restrictions, but we hope that you will enjoy this tour of the space.

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Display Coming Soon

Italian Renaissance 1470 — 1600

National

Reopening 6 May

Exhibition Coming Soon

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

National

Reopening 6 May

Display Coming Soon

Painting as Spectacle

National

Reopening 6 May

Display Coming Soon

Scottish Art 1670 — 1840

National

Reopening 6 May

Cafés and shops

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Closed until 6 May. +44 (0)131 225 1550

Located at the gardens level entrance to the Scottish National Gallery, our restaurant offers incredible views east across Princes Street Gardens. The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is run by Victor and Carina Contini who are committed to sustainable practices and buy direct from a trusted network of over 70 Scottish artisan suppliers.

Enjoy a lunch of Scottish classics like cullen skink and fish and chips or indulge yourself with our all-day brunch menu or an afternoon tea. Advance booking is preferred. Just follow the link below. Alternatively, just drop in for great coffee, free Wi-Fi and delectable home baking at our new Coffee Lounge.

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Gallery Shop

Closed until 6 May. +44 (0)131 624 6567

The shop at the Scottish National Gallery, stocks Scottish gifts, books, limited edition prints, stationery, fashion, craft, design and exclusive products featuring well-loved images from Scottish artworks.

The shop is accessed via the East Princes Street Gardens Entrance. No gallery visit ticket required to enter.

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While you're here

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. 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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

Venue hire

Venue hire

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

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.