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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 #84 of 215 Attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
56 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Spacious grounds with interesting sculptures. Permanent exhibitions and specially curated ones. Currently showing Generation - a review of recent works. Good research room where further information on works/artists can be located. Excellent and very popular cafe/restaurant. And parking only £1 for four hours!

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Sydney, Australia
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46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We were lucky enough to hit this gallery during a retrospective of 25 years of Modern Art. It was fantastic. We went to gallery 1 first, finishing with walking the grounds. We then started Gallery 2 with a perambulation of the grounds and the marvelous earthwork before moving inside. I see a few reviews find the Art too confronting, especially... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My family and I went to see the current exhibition, which we thoroughly enjoyed. It is always interesting to visit the Gallery of Modern Art. As a treat we had booked a table for high tea in the gallery cafe beforehand. When we arrived the cafe was half empty, yet staff took forever to seat us. Although we had booked... More

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

Dear 6Rosebud Thank you for your review and valuable feedback. I am really disappointed to hear about your experience at Cafe Modern Two. I have investigated the situation and spoken with our team to understand what went wrong on the day and why. It would appear there was a misunderstanding at our end with the original booking and our team... More

Belfast, Northern Ireland
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67 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A very interesting collection. Went to see the American Impressionists exhibition which had paintings by Degas and Monet.

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