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 visited the Scottish National Gallery in March, just before lockdown. It is situated immediately behind the Royal Scottish Academy on Princes Street and is far more interesting and also free to...  more »
  • I was the "mule" to help my daughter move back to the States in 2010, after she finished her graduate degree in English Lit. She gave me a bike to explore Edinburgh as she typed her final draft...  more »
  • Great that there are lockers -£1 non refundable. Bit awkward to get to the free spaces.. but worth it to see Monarch of the Glen. Café was great -good service, lovely food & really pleasant place to....  more »
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  • Always love visiting here when we go to Edinburgh. It's a fab space to really take in the paintings with plenty of central seating to stop and have a proper look. Got some 'big name' artists and some lesser known artists too. Lots of variety and a good breadth of art periods. The giftshop is always worth a visit. Looking forward to visiting once all the remodeling is done!
  • Great exhibits! Full of great paintings and the occasional sculpture. Sit down and enjoy the strange silence as others enjoy the paintings. It was fantastic you don't have to worry about knowing your artistry, amazing paintings and old chests from more than 200 years ago are in abundance and pieces even the average eye can appreciate.
  • Absolutely amazing art gallery; the best I’ve seen in Scotland in my humblest of opinions. Prepare to be blown away by the huge range of stunning Scottish and European artworks. And it is free to enter too!
  • Free entry, great selection of art throughout different periods of time/styles. Only thing I'd change is that it would be interesting to know where the paintings came from (ie private collection or donation etc) and some more history on the artists themselves
  • Very nice collection of paintings, many of which deal with christinanity and the Renaissance period. There's also a great section from the impressionist period and the adjacent times. Very easy to navigate and well laid out. Come only if you're particularly interested in artwork of this type. Budget 1-2 hours for your visit.

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