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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 #93 of 207 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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Edinburgh, UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It saddens me to give a gallery I normally enjoy a negative review, but in in era where suicide is the biggest killer of young men, I don't think that videos showing people semi-asphyxiatiated in plastic bags is acceptable as it is helping to normalise dangerous practices. Children learn a lot by copying adults. If children try this st home,... More

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

Dear PennyPR Thank you very much for your comments about your recent visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The work which you refer to is ‘Breathing Space’, a video installation by Scottish based artists Smith/Stewart. This work is currently on display as part of GENERATION, a nationwide exhibition celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland. We... More

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A great gallery to visit when the permanent exhibition is back. At the moment the entire Modern One is 'showcasing some of the most exciting and significant works to be made in Scotland over the last quarter of a century'. For some these works will be indeed exciting. For me they are not; I much prefer seeing the works of... More

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Borders
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great outing. Restaurant is excellent, with very good choices. Maybe just a couple more child friendly things would be good. The gallery is thought provoking and really let's you open your mind. My family enjoy it especially the sculpture. The bothy in the grounds at the moment is great. You can choose whether to make a donation or simply just... More

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

What is splendid about this is that it is situated within easy access from the Water of Leith has plenty of cheap parking and that the excellent cafe can be accessed from the car park from 9am which is one hour before the Gallery itself opens. The grounds are very nice and well worth strolling around before or after looking... More

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Hull
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I visited this gallery in June to see the J D Fergusson exhibition. Unfortunately Gallery One was closed at the time but the coffee shop was still open serving excellend food and drink. Gallery Two is more intimate. The exhibition was excellent and well laid out. The other galleries showed a good range of modern art, including from some lesser... More

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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

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