Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

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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 online tour itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Scottish National Gallery and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • We decided to go one Sunday afternoon, I was taken aback by how busy the gallery was but it just stood testament to the quality of the art being displayed. It’s not too crowded that you feel overwhelm...  more »
  • Worth seeing! Great collection of old masters who are definitely worth a visit. Both Scottish painters and subjects. Hence a clear tip!
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  • The work displayed was full of grandeur, sensuous richness, drama, vitality, movement, tension, emotional exuberance, and had a tendency to blur distinctions between the various arts. As a modern art ...  more »
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  • One of the greatest collections of art in a single place I've seen. Lots of Scottish artists and huge paintings. The staff are very nice and helpful as well. Could easily spend a whole day here. Right next to the Princes Street Gardens as well so very chilled day. Would recommend for people into art. Try to go for the special exhibitions if possible.
  • Stunning artwork. And they alow photos to be taken inside. Some work was being carried out when we visited. But a large section was still on display, well worth a visit. And would certainly go again. If you are in Edinburgh, it is well worth taking the time to call in and view the stunning artwork. What ever style of artwork you like you should find something you can appreciate.
  • Loved visiting this place. There's just so much history and variety and I especially liked the Modern Art section. Highly recommend if you're a fan of the Arts.
  • This a nice place to see some art! The best thing is that it's totally free! If you just got done the castle, walk down to the Gallery for a bit, plus theres more to do other than the gallery where its located. Be prepared to carry your bag on your chest on on your side as that is their bag policy.
  • FANTASTIC gallery. Can easily be done in a couple of hours without feeling rushed. Beautiful works of art in a very nice environment. Free to enter. 👍👍
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