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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

Address: 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 624 6200
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Ranked #107 of 459 things to do 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Have been a few times now and always worth a visit, children even enjoyed it. Cafe is great with good coffee, cakes and nibbles. Well worth an early morning visit before the gallery opens as free coffee or cake often offered.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We spent so much time learning about the past in Scotland that it was refreshing to see a thought-provoking, inspiring exhibition of what's being created right now. The museum is nicely laid out and easy to navigate. The Generation exhibition features some really interesting contemporary art (and some strange stuff, but you'll have that). Also, the cafe was awesome! And... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I had forgotten how much pretentious rubbish passes for art in number 1 .Everything well laid out but some of the displays leave you thinking Blue Peter had been doing a Masterclass ! A 'Artwork ' of a complete 60s lounge complete with beer cans (shades of Tracy Emmins Bed). What is arty about that and a Canadian vista with... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We spent a half day here and really enjoyed the experience. The art was well displayed and very 'approachable' for all levels of experience- including kids. We took the shuttle bus and the driver was friendly and full of great advice! We also had lunch in the excellent cafe - and we plan on going back in summer to explore... More 

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Crieff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

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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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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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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