Isaac Julien | Lessons of the Hour

Our collaboration with Edinburgh Art Festival is a poetic meditation on the life and times of visionary African American orator Frederick Douglass.

Our galleries

Our galleries

Scottish National Gallery

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh and home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Modern One

An outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art, including a centenary Joan Eardley display

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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Modern Two

Come and see our blockbuster exhibition Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

Open daily, 10am-5pm, (5, 6, 12 & 13 Aug, 10am-8pm)

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Come face to face with the people who shape Scotland’s past, present and future

Open Thu-Sat, 10am-5pm

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Get ready for a summer of incredible art

Get ready for a summer of incredible art

Join us across our four galleries for a summer of new exhibitions that will intrigue, fascinate and delight.

Alison Watt | A Portrait Without Likeness

The celebrated Scottish artist presents new paintings made in response to the practice of eighteenth-century portrait artist Allan Ramsay.

Thomas Joshua Cooper | The World's Edge

Over the last three decades, Thomas Joshua Cooper has circumnavigated the globe making incredible photographs of some of the most extreme locations surrounding the Atlantic Ocean.

Ruined | Reinventing Scottish History

200 young people across Scotland have contributed to help re-invent Scottish history by imaginatively 'mashing-up' works from the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

Isaac Julien | Lessons of the Hour

National Galleries Scotland and Edinburgh Art Festival partner to present this ambitious installation on the life and times of Frederick Douglass.

Joan Eardley & Catterline

This celebratory two-room display marks 100 years since the birth of Eardley, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential painters of her generation.

Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

The largest and widest-ranging exhibition of Ray Harryhausen’s work ever seen, with newly restored and previously unseen material from his incredible archive.

Art in the Collection

Art in the Collection

Explore and search

Explore the online collection of artworks dating from the early Renaissance to the present day. 


Browse over a thousand highlighted artists from the collection in our artist A-Z.


Our art glossary provides context for the terminology used on our site. Explore over 100 terms and discover related artists and artworks

New acquisitions

The National Galleries of Scotland continues to acquire artworks that enhance and complement our collection.

Scotland's Art | The Glasgow Girls

In this new series devoted to Scottish Art, we look at the styles and schools that have shaped Scotland's Art and uncover some of the nation’s finest artists.


Explore this series on our YouTube Channel

What's new at the galleries

What's new at the galleries

Your Art World

Your Art World is an online community by and for 3-18 year olds: a place to think, wonder, create and share your art online. Find resources and open-ended challenges to inspire critical thinking, play and individual voice.

Restoring Christ Teacheth Humility

Follow the conservation processes involved in preparing Christ Teacheth Humility for display at the Scottish National Gallery in this three-part blog.

Creative gifts

Crafty gifts, inspiring books and natty fashion for gallery lovers and those who like to create, make and wear their art on their sleeve.

Concerts at home

New Horizons Duo, mezzo-soprano Beth Taylor and pianist Michał Gajzler perform a special concert inspired by works in the collection on the theme 'From a Window'.


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What we do

What we do

Community and access

We invite community and access groups to explore Scotland’s national art collection for free through guided or self-guided visits. These groups also gain free entry to all paying exhibitions.

About the National Galleries of Scotland

We care for, develop, research and display the national collection of Scottish and international art. We aim to engage and inspire through art.

Commercial services

We offer a wide range of commercial services including venue hire for events and filming, product wholesale, image licensing, corporate gifts and book sales.

Venue hire

The National Galleries of Scotland consists of three galleries in the very heart of Edinburgh, home to the Nation’s collection of art all available to hire for special events.