The National Galleries of Scotland

Submitted by George Farquhar on Tue, 2011-04-19

The National Galleries of Scotland look after one of the world’s finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. These holdings include the National Collection of Scottish art which we are proud to display in an international context.

The Galleries care for, research and develop these collections and aim to share these works of art with as wide a public as possible. Every year National Galleries of Scotland welcome over a million visitors from Scotland and the rest of the world to our various Galleries sited in Edinburgh.

They also have active programmes of education, outreach and special exhibitions and where possible the gallery work with partners across Scotland to maximise the impact of their activities.

The staff is committed to providing a memorable and enjoyable experience for all the visitors and look forward to welcoming you in person at one of the Galleries.

The National Galleries of Scotland’s permanent collection is among the best in the world. Dating from the early Renaissance to the present day, it boasts works by some of the most important artists in history, as well as portraits of great Scots and the world’s most comprehensive collection of Scottish art. The collection is free to the public and open daily.

Although the collection as a whole is owned by the nation, for administrative purposes, the objects are allocated to one of three major groupings:

  • National Gallery of Scotland: Artworks from the early Renaissance to 1900 and the national collection of Scottish art c.1600-c.1900.
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Scotland’s history from the sixteenth century to the present day as seen through the portraits of those who shaped it. Also includes the national collection of photography.
  • Gallery of Modern Art and Dean Gallery: Modern and contemporary art, plus renowned Dada and Surrealist collections.

In addition, the following sites are used for display and storage of works from across the collection:

  • Royal Scottish Academy Building: Connected to the National Gallery of Scotland by the Weston Link, providing additional facilities for displaying the nation’s collection and temporary exhibitions.
  • Paxton House: About seventy paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland’s collections on long-term loan, displayed in a dedicated picture gallery.
  • Duff House: Rich collection of paintings on display, selected from the National Galleries of Scotland’s holdings.
  • Granton Centre for Art: Purpose-built storage facility located at Granton foreshore in Edinburgh.


For general enquiries regarding your visit or Gallery services.

Phone: +44 (0)131 624 6200
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National Gallery of Scotland

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
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Recorded Information

For recorded information about opening times and current exhibitions.
Phone: +44 (0)131 624 6336

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