National Galleries of Scotland


The National Galleries of Scotland proudly displays art across three locations in Edinburgh: the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

We look after one of the world’s finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. We care for, develop, research and display the national collection of art and, with a lively and innovative programme of activities, exhibitions, education and publications, aim to engage, inform and inspire the broadest possible public.

The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, as well as a comprehensive history of Scottish painting featuring Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie, McTaggart, and many more.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. The lawn at the front of the building was landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks and is home to a fantastic sculpture park. Modern Two was converted into a Gallery to show our extensive collection of Dada and Surrealist art and work by the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is a great red sandstone, neo-gothic palace, opened in 1889 as the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery. Different aspects of the story of Scotland and her people are told here through a wealth of imagery, including portraits of famous figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Prince Charles Edward Stuart and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.


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National Galleries of Scotland, 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS