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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

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The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is part of the National Galleries of Scotland, which are based in Edinburgh. These also include the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound, in the centre of Edinburgh, where art from the Old Masters to the Impressionists is shown; and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street. The Gallery of Modern Art houses the national collection of modern and contemporary art dating from about 1900 to the present day. It comprises two buildings which face each other: Modern One and Modern Two on Belford Road, to the west of the city centre. The Gallery has a collection of more than 6000 paintings, sculptures, installations, video work, prints and drawings and also stages major exhibitions.Inverleith HouseThe first Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art opened in the August 1960 in Inverleith House, a Georgian building set in the middle of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. In 1984 the National Gallery moved to Belford Road, and Inverleith House became a contemporary art gallery, curated by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, also featuring exhibitions of works and specimens from its historic collections.Modern OneIn 1984 the Gallery moved to the former premises of the John Watson's Institution, a large neo-classical building designed by William Burn in 1825 as a refuge for fatherless children.
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  • This gallery is much much more better than the second gallery in my option . It Has much more eye-catching art.  more »
  • Some superb sculptures outside and a great range of art inside. Note that there is a shuttle bus from the Portrait Gallery and National Gallery - if you don't fancy the lovely walk alongside the Water...  more »
  • This lovely building holds a small collection for all to see for free, and then a section to pay for. Having seen the free room linked to the pay section, I am glad we didn't pay as it was a bit out t...  more »
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  • I don't know a huge amount about art but I love going to the modern art galleries. There's usually a free exhibition and other work that you can see for few. There's also normally a paid one, sometimes two. The annual membership isn't expensive and is worth it if you are going to a couple of exhibitions a year and it gets you in to the other galleries in Edinburgh. Both buildings are in a great location, with parking, and have really nice grounds/gardens. Inside the layout is spacious with plenty of room to appreciate the exhibitions. The restaurant is excellent, with great food at a very reasonable price.
  • An interesting but not overwhelming collection. Henry Moore classic out front. Some great modern portraits. Superb exhibition by Craig Coley of cardboard churches. Some rooms drab and wierd
  • Gallery One has three floors and contains more collections than Two. Although the most famous one is a Picasso (in fact I missed it because there were so many similar exhibits), the sculpture outside the gate which shows a man sinked into the ground is the one that I favour the most. It should be mentioned that the staff are wearing kilts and are super-warmhearted Scottish people.
  • A pleasure to discover the unusual and the beautiful. Paolozzi's studio is a gem, that keeps giving insights into the mind of the artist. And then there's the cafes, great setting and great menu, but be prepared to pay a bit extra.
  • Great permanent collection which is regularly refreshed and rotated (and free to visit). Frequent free special exhibitions. Wonderful grounds with sculptures. Popular café with good selection of veg options. Easy walk down to Water of Leith. What's not to love? Oh and there is regular "gallery bus" service between all National Galleries. Very handy to get from centre to Modern and return. Check out timetable at venues.