The Scottish National Gallery (formerly the National Gallery of Scotland) is the national art gallery of Scotland. It is located on The Mound in central Edinburgh, close to Princes Street. The building was designed in a neoclassical style by William Henry Playfair, and first opened to the public in 1859.
The gallery houses Scotland's national collection of fine art, spanning Scottish and international art from the beginning of the Renaissance up to the start of the 20th century.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Richard Pearson | Mar 2, 2018
A wonderful gallery which is a great testament to the wealth of Scottish artistes as well as some of the more well-known, internationally acclaimed ones. I was really lucky to catch a Turner exhibition, which given that I'd visited the Turner collection at Tate Britain, just a week before, meant I was able to see just about every Turner, not in private hands, over the course of seven days! My favourite painting in the whole gallery was Botticelli's Madonna and child; absolutely stunning. Very helpful, personable and friendly staff. Will visit whenever in Edinburgh.
Rachel Bisset | Jan 21, 2018
Free museum and a greatest to spend an hour or two. I really enjoyed the architecture of the building. Lots of activities for children. Catered more to children than to adults but best to grasp their interest early I guess. I'm glad I spent an hour going round this very traditional gallery, but not my favourite Edinburgh gallery. That would be the Portrait gallery. Everyone has different tastes. The cafe seemed very popular but I did not visit.
Graeme Rennie | Feb 18, 2018
I love going in to our gallery and being part of the culture of Scotland. It's free to enter and you can stay as long as you like. Always something new and then descend to the restaurant overlooking Princes Street Gardens. Grab a tea or coffee or something a bit more substantial before moving on to the National Portrait Gallery for something extra.
Alicia Daniel | Jan 4, 2018
I really enjoyed the experience. They have a great variety of paintings from different time periods, including some from the great masters. Beautifully curated. The January special exhibit is lovely. And the cafe wasn’t great, but it was nice enough. They also have cute gift shops.
Tatiana Fonseca | Jan 18, 2018
Small museum with an interesting collection. The setup takes s little getting used to, but provides for a great atmosphere. Also has a great little cafe to enjoy after your visit. If it's a nice day, you ca sit right outside in the park!
Anjana Silva | Apr 3, 2018
What a pretty picture Gallery experience it was. Such a lovely picture Gallery at the heart of Edinburgh. Scottish National Picture gallery can be accessed in less than 10 minutes walking distance from the Waverly Train station. The Gallery has lots and lots of paintings which belongs to number of periods / decades. A nicely maintained and colorful picture gallery . If you carry a backpack you will get asked to take your backpack to your hands. So don't get offended 😉. I recommend this place to anyone who loves pictures . Thanks.
João Stock | Mar 26, 2018
You don't need to be a fan of art or have the knowledge about the importance of many artists which you can find inside, to feel amazed. Everything is original and it looks like you have a window to see how was the life around the years 1400, 1500. The painters were brilliant and their paintings, most oil in canvas, look so real. And it's all for free. Why not go in there? For me was the best place in Edinburgh!
Kevin R Joyce | Apr 4, 2018
Been to Edinburgh many times but this was our first foray into the Scottish National Gallery. The building is divided into two - the first, facing Princes St, is devoted to modern art. Currently the display is varied and shows the diverse range of art that is coming from the Universities of Scotland. It is worth visiting this part with someone - my son brought a whole new interpretation to some of the artworks that challenged my own ideas, which the whole visit really interesting and stimulating. The second part is devoted to older art - renaissance and neo-classical etc. The Rembrandt self portrait is fabulous and demonstrates how he and other artists of the era had such a command of paint to create realistic and dramatic chiaroscuro. The contrast with the modern art is striking. Even for a non-artist like me, this was a lovely way to spend an hour or so while the family crunched the credit cards over the road.
Andrew Burnett | Apr 13, 2018
Definitely worth a visit when in Edinburgh. Allow a couple of hours. Free admission although donations welcome. Good range of pictures. There are inexpensive lockers downstairs, only for use when you are in the gallery. They make it a good stop on the way to catch a train at Waverley station a short walk away. Bistro and restaurant served good fare but were a bit chilly on a cold March day.
Rita Westbrook | May 2, 2018
Fantastic place to visit and also so central. Full of treasures to interest all tastes. Staff are approachable and helpful. The restaurant bright and airy with great menus and not over priced and a cafe which has a great range of foods and the coffee must be one of the best coffees in town.
Dewi Sari | May 17, 2018
Beautiful gallery with extraordinary painting collections from famous painters. I recognized one of the painters was a Dutch painter Frans Hall. Free entrance, donation 5 Pounds is more than welcome. In front of the gallery you can find a square where you can sit and if you are lucky you will see street musicians perform there.
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