Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Edinburgh  /  Museums  /  Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

(4/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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.
To visit Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and other attractions in Edinburgh, use our Edinburgh itinerary maker.
Source
Create a full Edinburgh itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Edinburgh

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Edinburgh by other users

7 days in Edinburgh BY A USER FROM CYPRUS April, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 43 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA July, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM FRANCE June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Edinburgh BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States & Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Edinburgh BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Edinburgh BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 59 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM KUWAIT June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 39 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This impressive museum contains some gems by modern artists such as Warhol. It's well worth a visit. Best to use the Museum minibus linking the National Gallery on The Mound, the National Portrait Gal...  more »
  • Lovely setting with Miro, Moor and Gormley sculptures outside. Inside Riley Warhol and Lichtenstein were well worth the trip. Recommend a walk along the Water of Leith too.  more »
  • A small but good collection; Bridget Reilly work was great and it was wonderful to see a Mondrian piece up close. Bit out of the way but worth the visit.  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • Lots to see. Obviously depends what's on but there's always something good. Beautiful grounds (if it's sunny). Definitely worth a visit.
  • 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.
  • Lovely museum (as always is the case with Scottish museums). Clean, well maintained. A bit small exhibition, but it makes up for it with the sculpture garden. Also, there is a way to waters of leith behind museum 1 which is worth walking on a nice day
  • As you would expect from an art gallery nice setting trendy and pleasent atmosphere nice staff very helpful