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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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Ranked #17 of 207 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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Bologna, Italy
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We gave our students a task : Describe a paint and write down some info about them, well they liked the Gallery a lot and they learnt new information, I was very proud about them, it was just like a school lesson ....I was very disappointed about other students there, instead of adimiring the paints they were playing with their... More

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Rome, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

If you love the Impressionism you should go there: Van Gogh, Gaugain and Pisarro are wating for you. If you love Italian and Flemish art, Titian and Rembrandt are waiting for you. If you don't know Scottish art (I didn't), go there and you will be impressed. Unfortunately, the Titian room was temporarily closed!

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vancouver island, canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Having travelled to Rome and visited the Borghese Museum, we were delighted to find Bernini bronzes and sculptures right there, in the middle of Edinburgh. A special Titian exhibition was being prepared while we were there. It was also delightful to see some wonderful lesser known Scottish artists exhibited.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Interesting and lots to learn and see. Re-vamp is good. Nice escape from everyday traffic. Free musical events take place regularly. Get the brochure for information. The coffee/food bar is good too. Nice staff.

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Beijing, China
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I have concluded that taking tours at museums make the experience 100 times better. Especially when the guide is an art historian or expert, they can shed so much light on the art work. Thoroughly enjoyed also the Scottish artists' section. Some magnificent works there! I thought the locker room 1 pound per locker was rather stingy though

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Los Angeles, California
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

A couple nice little exhibits but nothing too special, just your average art gallery, it is free though.

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Detroit, MI
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Museum is pretty standard fare for lay art lovers, but it was free. The cafe is the highlight -- we sat outside and enjoyed the park and sunshine over a hot ham and cheese. Apparently, some fancy chef or restaurant family took over the cafe so the food was quite good.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I never expected such a wealth of paintings to be found in Scotland. But here is the proof: a gallery that is brimming with beauties. If you like art, you must must must spend a morning or afternoon here! There are works by Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck, Giorgio Vasari and many others. On top of that, there are some lovely... More

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Free gallery with excellent paintings. Architecture is also worth viewing. Easy walking distance from Princes street.

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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

This in a no brainer- especially since it is free. The gallery is similar to the one in London. It houses the works of all the great masters- Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet and many more. You can easily spend several hours there. If you are lucky, you might be able to get to follow one of the guided tours.

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