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.
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If you like museums, don't miss this gem in Edinburgh. The collection is amazing and the artwork was displayed elegantly. The staff was also approachable, friendly and knowledgeable. The...
If you like museums, don't miss this gem in Edinburgh. The collection is amazing and the artwork was displayed elegantly. The staff was also approachable, friendly and knowledgeable. The... more »
Nice small museum with a sample of pre 1900 art: Scottish and Spanish are highlights. Free. The temporary exhibits were closed. Get a guide!
Nice small museum with a sample of pre 1900 art: Scottish and Spanish are highlights. Free. The temporary exhibits were closed. Get a guide! more »
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.
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