This list of Edinburgh's Art Galleries is not intended to be comprehensive, more of a quick guide for tourists and other visitors to the city of Edinburgh. If we have missed something you think should be included please let us know via the contact details at the bottom of the page.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery opened to the public in 1889, and is the first purpose-built portrait gallery in the world. The gallery is currently closed for a major refurbishment and wont open until late 2011. While the Portrait Gallery is closed, a selection of portraits from the collection will be on display at the National Gallery Complex, the Modern Art Galleries and exhibitions across the country.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Dean Gallery are located fifteen minutes’ walk from Princes Street and set in beautiful parkland. From the West End of Princes Street walk along Shandwick Place before turning right onto Palmerston Place. Follow Palmerston Place down onto Belford Road and across the bridge. The galleries are a short walk further along Belford Road.
The Edinburgh Gallery of Modern Art is the primary home to much of Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art. The Modern Art Galleries include the Gallery of Modern Art and the nearby Dean Gallery.
Both Galleries are set in extensive parkland, where visitors can discover sculpture works by important artists like Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth. The lawn to the front of the Gallery of Modern Art was re-landscaped in 2002 to a design by Charles Jencks. This dramatic work, or ‘landform’, comprises a stepped, serpentine mound reflected in three crescent-shaped pools of water.
The Gallery of Modern Art shows special exhibitions and works from c.1900 to the present day, while the Dean Gallery shows works from the Gallery’s internationally renowned Dada and Surrealist collection alongside pieces by Eduardo Paolozzi.
The National Gallery of Scotland is on The Mound, right in the heart of Edinburgh, on Princes Street. All entrances and facilities at the National Gallery Complex are open as normal during the current tram works in Edinburgh. City centre access may be subject to diversions for road traffic. Pedestrian access to the National Gallery Complex remains open. The National Gallery Complex is open as normal while the tram work is taking place. For more information see the How To Find Us section. The National Gallery Complex is one of Scotland’s top free visitor attractions and Edinburgh’s second most-visited attraction after the Castle. It is made up of three interconnected buildings, right in the heart of Edinburgh. The National Gallery of Scotland is home to a major part of Scotland’s sensational national collection of fine art; the Royal Scottish Academy Building (RSA) is one of Europe’s premier venues for international exhibitions; and the Weston Link, which lies beneath the two buildings, connects them together with areas for shopping, learning, eating and drinking.