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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
44 131 624 6200
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Ranked #15 of 210 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed what we were able to view during the time we had available to us. Some striking resemblances. Queen Mother and Winston Churchill in particular. Must go back on another occasion. Vert worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

this museum has a small sampling of art from each of the great masters. There is one DaVinci, one Vermeer, 3 Vangoghs, several Van Dycks,etc. . It is presented in a chronologic manner, with excellent brief discriptions next to each work of art. It should take about 2 hours to adequately view this museum, as it is small and is... More

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

If you are a culture vulture then the Scottish National Portrait Galley is for you! We easily spent a good three hours in there to do it justice. As well as the historical portraits (which are fantastic) they also display more contemporary works as well. The façade of the building itself is also very beautiful and it has a cafe... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery houses a fantastic collection of historical (and more recent) portraits charting the history of our nation through its people, however, the wall frieze in the Great Hall is a great summary of Scotland's historical figures up to the Victorian era (and still time to sponsor your favourite Scot!). However, the main reason for my latest... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Glorious, historic building housing a magnificent collection. Combines wonderful Scottish history as well as contemporary exhibits.

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Spent an hour in here - could have been more. Some lovely architecture over and above the art. NIce collection of seventeenth century portraits that I had only seen in book s before. Free entry - well worth the time.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Very well laid out and many interseting varied portraits to view. A very good history lesson. The gallery is not far from Princess street is within easy walking distance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Even if you are not so keen on art, a visit here leaves you with more of a sense of history than indulgence. For anyone interested in Scottish history, this gallery is a must. And it's free.

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Free, lovely art, great buildings, fab cafe and shops. The staff are helpful, the area is lovely, easy to navigate and well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This portrait gallery while small, is in a most magnificent building. If you don't like these kind of museums, fear not, as this is a rather small museum and can be seen in an hour or so. The gallery is filled with lovely portraits and its FREE!

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