Visit some of the world's most famous art across three spectacular locations

Our galleries

Our galleries

Scottish National Gallery

The world's greatest art in the heart of Edinburgh.

Free admission
Gallery 9 and Gallery 14 are currently closed. There is currently no lift access to upper galleries 14 to 18
Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm

Gallery bus

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
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


Painting as Spectacle


Until Sun 25 Apr 2021

Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm


Must see

BP Portrait Award 2019


Until Sun 22 Mar 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm


Must see

Paula Rego | Obedience and Defiance

Modern Two

Until Sun 19 Apr 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm


Featured events

Featured events

Our Friends
Lecture or talk SOLD OUT

Hans Holbein the Younger


Tue 18 Feb 2020

6:30 - 8:30pm


Drop-in event

Once-a-Month Shared Reading and Creative Writing


Every third Wednesday of the month
10:30am - 12:30pm



Visually Impaired Tour and Workshop: NOW

Modern One

Wed 19 Feb 2020

10:15am - 3:30pm



Accessibility & facilities

The following accessibility and building facilities are universally available at all three of our gallery sites. We encourage you to check the individual facilities for each of the National, Portrait and Modern galleries to help plan your visit further. 

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (?1/?2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
Your visit

Your visit

Become Our Friend

Our Friends get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.

Guided tours

We run regular, free, drop-in tours of the collection for all audiences at all of our galleries. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the national collection.


Pop in to see the latest exhibitions, take part in our year-round programme of family activities or just relax in our family-friendly cafes; we¡¯re free and open every day.

Group visits

We look forward to welcoming all types of groups to the galleries! We have a fantastic range of?guided tours, workshops and learning activities to enhance your experience of the collection and exhibitions.

School visits

Choose from a range of hands-on Discovery sessions, interactive workshops and online learning resources to bring art to life for you and your pupils, whatever their age and abilities.

Community & access groups

We invite community and access groups to explore Scotland¡¯s National Collection for free through?guided or self-led visits and?free entry to all paying exhibitions.

Keep up-to-date

Keep up-to-date

Subscribe to our newsletters to keep up-to-date with everything happening across all of our sites

Our partner galleries

Our partner galleries

Duff house

A five-star country house and gallery, run in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, Historic Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. Highlights on display include works by El Greco, Gainsborough and Raeburn.

Paxton House

Situated on the banks of the River Tweed, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Paxton House boasts the largest purpose-built picture gallery in a Scottish country house. On display is a large group of paintings on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland.

What's on

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About the National Galleries

About the National Galleries

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.