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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, Scotland
0131 624 6200
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Ranked #64 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.Set in beautiful parkland close to the Water of Leith you can explore sculpture by major artists such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth, and discover the dramatic lawn at the front of the building, designed by landscape architect, Charles Jencks.The collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ranges from 1900s to the present day, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Vuillard and Dix, as well as a superb selection of paintings by Scottish artists such as Peploe, Fergusson, Gillies and Redpath. Also on display are postwar works by Bacon, Freud, Davie, Hockney and Leger and more recent pieces by Turner prize winning artists Richard Wright and Martin Creed, alongside Karla Black, Douglas Gordon and Tracey Emin to name a few.
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Crieff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Excellent exhibition of work by Charles Avery, Roderick Buchanan, Graham Fagen, Torsten Lauschmann and Alison Watt amongst others. Very well mounted and presented by the SNGMA. Enjoyed a very good coffee and humungous spiced scone in the basement cafe.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is home to Scotland’s national collection of modern and contemporary art. The galleries are housed in two neo-classical buildings, “Modern One” and “Modern Two”, set in parkland dotted with sculptures. “Modern One” exhibits works from the Gallery’s collection. The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of... More 

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Selby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Not much of an art buff but really enjoyed looking around modern art one and two. Some fabulous exhibits and definitely worth the walk out of town.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I was so looking forward to coming here but I had I timed it badly as n exhibition had just ended and another was being set up but not yet open. A lovely crisp day though and the outside exhibits were great. The absolute highlight though was the food at the cafe with amazing salads. Such interesting combinations. It was... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I really liked Modern One. It's in a beautiful building in a beautiful setting. I recommend walking there from the west end of Princes Street or along the Water of Leith. It's a nice little walk and you can pop into Dean's Village on the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Very nice place, charming Cafe with very friendly staff, would recommend highly;) best to be there in the sunny weather, beautiful terrace.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I'd come to Edinburgh specifically to see the special American Impressionism exhibition at Modern Two, but couldn't resist the (free) Generation exhibition at Modern One and was so pleased I did. Very modern art isn't really my thing, but the striking artworks here were sufficiently stimulating to make me want to see more at the National Gallery. I confess I... More 

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Abernethy, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Really impressed with my visit. Large variety of work on display from big names. Really enjoyed the Scotland expo running just now. Galleries aren't as big as they look but impressive all the same

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

the tempoarry exhibitions replacesd the Magritte and Picassos we were expecteing. Some of the permanent art was exhibited in the other building - there is modern art 1 and 2. both can be reached by walking on the water of leith walk starting in the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Well laid out gallery with knowledgable and communicative staff. A pleasant gift shop with some excellent ceramics.

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