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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
44 131 624 6200
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As featured in Edinburgh for free
Ranked #12 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing... more » Owner description: Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.. See this outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to our new café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions. « less
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Great exhibitions most free. A good way to spend a restful day especially if the weather is inclement

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I hadn't visited the Scottish National Portrait Gallery for many years and it was very different from what I had remembered. The collections were spaced out and tastefully arranged to give the visitor an idea of the history behind the paintings as well as position in Scottish history. The galleries were arranged in interesting way and there was loads to... More

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Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Well laid out galleries with lots of beautiful paintings. The Reverend ice skating looks so fresh it might just have been completed!

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Cornwall, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The newly renovated building is a pleasure and the portraits well displayed. Interesting journey through Scotland's history via the personalities on the walls.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

A good selection of amazing paintings and scultures. Free entry, and I learnt something new. How could it be anything but excellent. This staff were also lovely.

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

We went to look at the special photographic display. Beautifully laid out interesting and thought-provoking. Make sure you have a look at the central hallway which is decorated over several floors with beautiful murals of Scottish characters and events. The glass lift is also worth a quick look.

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Washington, Ct
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Very spacious . Offers multiple places to sit and contemplate beautiful paintings. A little hard to find though located in the very center of the town on the Queen street.

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

Beautiful building and good exhibition which also entertained an 11 year old. Particularly enjoyed the Scottish comedy pictures and photographs. Well laid out and some of the paintings are fabulous. A good way to pass a couple of hours.

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Winona, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The staff was extremely helpful! We wanted to see specific paintings and the docents gave us excellent directions and commentary regarding the works for which we had come. We especially enjoyed gallery 7, where portraits of people important to the Scottish Enlightment were housed.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The building itself is worth a visit, and the gallery is small enough to see all the exhibits is a couple of hours - great for anyone interested in Scotland's history. There was also an exhibition featuring recent Scottish 'luminaries' including Ronnie Corbett and Stanley Baxter!

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