Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Edinburgh  /  Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

4.6
#5 of 61 in Museums in Edinburgh
Art Museum · Museum
Create an itinerary including Scottish National Gallery
Discover one of the world’s finest collections of art at Scottish National Gallery, situated on the Mound, an artificial hill in the middle of the city. Designed by architect William Henry Playfair in the Neoclassical style, the gallery opened in 1859. Today, it houses Scottish and international art from the beginning of the Renaissance to the start of the 20th century. At the heart of the collection is a group of paintings transferred from the Royal Scottish Academy, including masterpieces by Jacopo Bassano, Anthony van Dyck, and Giambattista Tiepolo. The collection also includes notable works by Cézanne, Botticelli, Degas, El Greco, Monet, Goya, Gauguin, Raphael, Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Vermeer, to name just a few. Check online for special events and temporary exhibits. Use our Edinburgh online tour itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Scottish National Gallery and other attractions in Edinburgh.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Scottish National Gallery reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
5,525 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Lovely place located in the heart of Edinburgh… the people working in there are very polite, happy and pleasant. They even lent me a chair to rest while waiting for my parents. The gallery is bright.....  more
    Lovely place located in the heart of Edinburgh… the people working in there are very polite, happy and pleasant. They even lent me a chair to rest while waiting for my parents. The gallery is bright.....  more »
  • The Scottish National Gallery is definitely worth visiting. The permanent collection has an impressive array of art work from many different periods with an obvious leaning to telling Scottish... 
    The Scottish National Gallery is definitely worth visiting. The permanent collection has an impressive array of art work from many different periods with an obvious leaning to telling Scottish...  more »
Google
  • This was an amazing visit. So much talent. Some of the paintings feel like they are alive and they could very well come out of the pictures. The artists have a keen eye for detail and fine mixing of different colors and textures to make their painting come to life to tell their story. Would definitely recommend seeing this gallery.
  • A must visit if you come to Edinburgh, plus it’s free so who doesn’t like that! Since the museum is currently under construction the visit it’s definitely shorter but that doesn’t make it less enjoyable! Very nice with some beautiful art from some well known artists, and long explanations with every artwork! Worth a visit even while it's under construction.

Plan your trip to Edinburgh

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. 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.