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Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131 624 6200
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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #14 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Located in the heart of the city at the intersection of Princes Street and The Mound housing the national collection of fine art.  Entry is free... more »
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Fort Myers, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

After visiting multiple wonderful art and history museums in London and Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery was my absolute favorite. The size of the museum is just perfect for enjoying the art work without feeling overwhelmed. I was thrilled with the variety and quality of art and found several new favorites. Art lovers, don't miss this one!

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Stop by this excellent museum. It's well worth your time to experience the masters and Scottish art exhibits. Rooms are well planned and good explanations are displayed. Easy to find just off Princes Street near Gardens. It's free--enjoy.

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Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We were impressed by the quality of European classical art housed in this gallery. And it's free! We were with friends, one of whom was an art expert, so it made the experience all the richer for his explanations.The paintings are placed well and spaced to make viewing easier, with benches and seats for longer respites. The building itself is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were surprised with the number of well known artist were represented in this gallery. It is nicely laid out and very enjoyable to tour. It is also free.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the couple of hours we spent wandering and looking at the pictures as some are really special. The staff were great but there was a chap photographing while we were there which was annoying as he camped in front of something we wanted to look at more than once and seemed oblivious to whether he was in the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely small art gallery in Princes Street Gardens that is free to the public. I have been to Edinburgh many times, but had not taken the time to tour the gallery. It was wonderful!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you like art, this museum is worth a visit. It's not as big as other art galleries, but it has some jewels in the permanent exhibition and the temporary exhibitions can be very interesting.

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Wilmington DE, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

FREE admission. Wide range of first-class art, grouped by various periods, and a wing devoted to Scottish art. Staff was very helpful in explaining things, answering questions, etc. Downside was their famous painting of 'The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch' was being restored and then going on tour. Upside is a new art exhibition on golf and golfers.... More

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a must see attraction and the price is right - Free! You will be amazed at the extent of the collections and the number of pieces by well known old masters. Very clean washrooms off the main gallery on bottom floor, they can almost be missed as you pass by the doors - men on one side of... More

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Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was very impressed with the Gallery's permanent collection. 3 excellent Van Gogh's share space with Cezanne, Monet, Constable, Rubens, and a range of other artists. Fine Titian exhibit while I was there. Well curated museum, I compliment the staff!

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