Discover Edinburgh Things to Do in Edinburgh Art Galleries The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art


Contact Us

75 Belford Rd,
Edinburgh EH4 3DR

Tel : 0131 624 6200

Opening Times

Opened daily, 10am to 5pm (until 6pm during August)
Closed 25 / 25 December
1 Jan (From 12 noon}



Admission free.

The National Gallery lies to the west of Edinburgh's City Centre, on Belford Road and is set in extensive parkland. The Gallery was first opened in 1960 at Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden and moved to its present site in 1984.

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The building was designed by William Burn in the 1820s and has bright, spacious rooms with its grounds providing an ideal setting for sculptures by Tony Cragg, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Rachel Whiteread among others.

When the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art opened in 1960, it inherited a small number of 20th century works from the National Gallery of Scotland, but the majority of the collection has been acquired over the last forty years. The collection now has over 5,000 items with everything from paintings, bronzes and works on paper, to kinetic sculpture and video installations.

There are works from post-war greats like Morandi, Bacon, Hockney, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Moore and Freud. 20th century Scottish art is well represented, with works from Mackintosh, Gillies, Maxwell, Eardley, Philipson, Davie, Bellany, Currie and Howson. More recent works by younger Scots such as Christine Borland and Douglas Gordon are also included.

Since space permits only a portion of the collection to be displayed at any one time, works are shown on a rotating basis. Exhibitions are also held throughout the year. The Gallery's collection of works on paper is held in the Print Room, which is open by appointment. The gallery can be hired for a variety of corporate functions.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery can be reached by an attractive riverside walkway following the Water of Leith. Visitors can join the walkway at Stockbridge, near the centre of Edinburgh, or at Roseburn to the west of the city centre.