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Art around you

During lockdown 2020 we started a brand new series - posting new creative activities every week.

We're continuing to add to the series; helping to inspire your art-making, wherever you are.

They require absolutely NO ART MATERIALS - just lots of creative thinking and imagination!

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You are Here | At home holiday activities

A selection of new activity prompts and videos to help keep your family creative over the holidays, and beyond. They are inspired by the idea 'You Are Here' - let's make art that celebrates our time at home, with the people we care about most.

Get making

Explore the grounds

The grounds of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are open and perfect for exploring with your family. We have created some activities for you and your family to enjoy while stomping around the grounds.

We are beginning a process of phased reopening of our sites. The Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) are now open. Initially we are limiting the number of visitors in each gallery at any one time. To manage this we've instituted a free, timed ticketing system. Admission is free, but tickets must be booked here in advance. Reserve a free place now.  We can't wait to welcome you and your family to the galleries again.

How can we help?

Our friendly gallery attendants are there to help you make the most of your visit; ask if you need anything. A gallery is not somewhere you always have to ‘wheesht’; we welcome conversations, questions and responses (including baby gurgles!) from all of our visitors.

Your Visit



If you need to take a break, there are seats throughout the galleries and portable folding stools that you can take with you – just ask if you’re unsure.

Food and drink

For the safety of the artworks, eating and drinking in the galleries is not allowed. You can eat any snacks that you have brought with you in the Resource Room at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The grounds of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art also make a perfect picnic spot. Princes Street Gardens, next to the Scottish National Gallery, is also a great place for a picnic. Children are also welcome in all our gallery cafés.

Family picnic in the grounds of Modern One


Access for buggies and wheelchairs is available at the main entrances of the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Modern One. For the Academy Building and Modern Two, please use the back entrance. All galleries have lifts.


We don't currently have lockers for visitors to use, but buggies are welcomed as are baby carriers.  Please don't bring any large luggage or bags with you as we have nowhere to store them.

Car parking

There is pay and display parking at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Charges apply. The Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery are served by city centre parking.

Our Galleries

Find out more about the facilities at all our galleries.

Say hello

Please do take photos of your family in the galleries and share them with us via @NatGalleriesSco. Leave us a comment at one of the feedback stations. Tell us what you like; if you think we could do better or share any special conversations you had together in the galleries.

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