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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  • Absolutely fantastic. Lots of great paintings by famous artists that you can get close to without any fuss. Make sure you find Midsummer Nights Dream by Paton. See Constables Van Goughs Gauguin Landse...  more »
  • We wanted to see paintings by Scottish artists and weren't disappointed. As well, housed in this excellent museum, European paintings, arranged by era. Good variety. As a Canadian I was particularly i...  more »
  • We spent 1-2 hours exploring this free museum and its galleries. Some great pieces of art by the masters. If Renaissance religious art if not your favorite, you can always breeze through these rooms.  more »
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  • Incredible place! Activities for all ages. Great for kids! A lot of different dynamic activities so they can discover a new world. Very nice way of spending an afternoon in Edinburgh. Totally worth the time. And it is free!
  • A fabulous museum which has architectural features worth going for regardless of anything else. Even on a rainy Sunday afternoon it didn't feel overly busy. The exhibits looked great for children, with lots of interaction. I wish I had spent longer there. 😀
  • A perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon! Beautifully curated artworks. Admission is free, but you can donate as much as you want (and you should, as it's for a great cause!)
  • Got a spare hour or free day? The Scottish National Gallery's permanent collection is the ideal place to spend it; surrounded by masterpieces from artists of all corners of the world. It's free, and there's staff on hand to help answer questions or explain the history of the pieces; useful if you want to impress a date on the cheap.
  • Incredible collection! Very easy to miss some important pieces, like a self portrait by Rembrandt, an iron copy of a Bernini, and others. While not the largest art museum, it is full of a wonderful collection and it’s free!! Free WiFi

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