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Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
(4.3/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
Discover one of the world’s finest collections of art at Scottish National Gallery, situated on the Mound, an artificial hill in the middle of the city. Designed by architect William Henry Playfair in the Neoclassical style, the gallery opened in 1859. Today, it houses Scottish and international art from the beginning of the Renaissance to the start of the 20th century. At the heart of the collection is a group of paintings transferred from the Royal Scottish Academy, including masterpieces by Jacopo Bassano, Anthony van Dyck, and Giambattista Tiepolo. The collection also includes notable works by Cézanne, Botticelli, Degas, El Greco, Monet, Goya, Gauguin, Raphael, Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Vermeer, to name just a few. Check online for special events and temporary exhibits. Use our Edinburgh vacation generator to visit Scottish National Gallery on your trip to Edinburgh, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Lovely range of classic paintings including those of Scottish artists. Like, but smaller than, the National Gallery in London, and so more digestible. Some great paintings that are really worth seeing...  more »
  • We spent over 3 hours wandering around, something for everyone and ideal for a rainy day. Easy to walk to from the centre. 
  • In the middle of the town is this museum. Special works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Van Dijck, Albert Cuyp etc. When we were there, the museum had the Goldfinch from the Mauritshuis on loan. That it is free, is incredible.
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  • An absolutely great place to wander around in for hours. Especially when visiting the city. Entry is free, so spend as long or as little as you like inside
  • This gallery is amazing. I was astonished to admire the paintings for free, such a wonderful museum really worth to spend the entire morning in it. You can even take picture as long as there is no flash. I really recommand the Scottish National Gallery.
  • It's a small free entry gallery but you can find really nice paintings from various periods, countries and artists. I even got to see a couple of beautiful Raffaello.
  • Excellent collection and very clean, but some staff were very rude - especially about their silly backpack rules (that have no explination)! Can't wear them on your back, but can carry them, wear them on your front or wear them on your back AS LONG AS it's only one strap?! Never encountered this before and found it very inconvenient.
  • A surprising place to find great coffee, nevertheless, great it was. Superb location in the middle of the City, and next to Princes Street Gardens.