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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 #86 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
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Type: Art Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two... more » 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. « less
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Having thoroughly enjoyed both the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, I thought I had seen all the fine art Edinburgh had to offer. Not by a far shot! These two galleries in Dean Village offer an extraordinary view of contemporary art that certainly rounds out Edinburgh's reputation as one of the major arts-centered cities of Northern... More

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Check website before visiting. Turned out gallery one was closed for rehanging. We had to walk right up to the door to discover this - no notice at the gate to warn us. We had talked to 3 different staff on 2 different days at the main national gallery about their free shuttle bus and at no point did anybody... More

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NationalGalleries, Public Relations Manager at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, responded to this review

Hi, We’re sorry you visited Modern One when the gallery spaces are closed for rehanging. GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland opens on the 28 June and we hope you’ll take the time to return. Modern Two, directly across the road, was open when you visited and is currently showing The Scottish Colourist Series: JD Fergusson, apologies if... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

A wonderful introduction to a great modern artist that I hardly knew before (Louise Bourgeois). The space in the gallery is perfect for the large canvasses and installations. The staff is friendly, admission is free and the shops has a good selection of post cards and books and gifts. The garden is a work of art in its own right.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Nice museums in pleasant grounds. Obviously tastes will vary but I'd recommend the Fergusson exhibition and the outside sculptures

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The gallery has nice green space around the building. The building itself is been incorporated with art. The round hill with a pond has man of the patrons walking in circles before or after they enter the museum. The gallery has some exhibits from current local artist competitions or awards as well as international artists who represent the periods and... More

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Aberdour, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Gallery One and Two are on opposite sides of Belford Road and are free except for the special exhibitions, the Scottish Colourists are currently upstairs in Gallery Two. One is currently showing a free exhibition by Louise Bourgeois, some of the exhibits are sexually explicit so may not be suitable for younger visitors. The exhibit notes are clear and helpful.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting mueum 1 and 2. A word of warning however. There is a small complimentary bus that runs between both museums . They cannot guarantee you a place on the return journey and unfortunately we watched 2 people being left behind. The driver was very apologetic and directed them to the nearest bus stop.

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Stirling, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Came here with a friend for a lecture in The Studio but we took time to visit most of the free exhibitions in both gallery one and two. I didn't like every piece of work - I wouldn't expect to - some of it was quite challenging and thought-provoking. I did enjoy seeing the reproduction of Eduardo Paolozzi's studio. It... More

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We especially wanted to visit the Louise Bourgeois exhibition. Definitely one for the adults. Great little cafe as well. There's even a free bus every hour between this Museum and the National Gallery.

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We visited both buildings of modern art. We did enjoy some of the paintings which were on display. The Louise Bourgeois exhibition was large and did take over most of the ground floor. My youngest son of 11 years did not enjoy but then art is supposed to engage discussion which it certainly did. We could not get in either... More

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