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Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
(4.3/5 based on 3,200+ 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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  • Beautiful building with a variety of artworks by famous and lesser known artists. Visited on an earlier trip to get out of the rain but this time we visited because we had enjoyed previous visit so mu...  more »
  • Reason I point out the photography allowed is we didnt know that some pictures did allow photography, and some not. Should've been clearer Otherwise we spent a lovely hour out of the rain admiring our...  more »
  • The special exhibitions are always worth checking out (worth becoming a friend of the galleries if you expect to go to more than a couple each year). Go early on though as towards the end of the run t...  more »
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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.