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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 #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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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I love free attractions, especially when its museums. I arrived in Edinburgh after a very early flight, and I wanted something relaxing to do after checking in to my hostel. The National Gallery was not a far walk, the admission was free so I figured, 'why not?'. I ended up spending a couple of hours there, just wandering around, looking... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

A wonderfully curated collection which depicts multiple areas of history. The Scottish theme is held throughout and the library is spectacular, this is an inspiring place to spend a rainy afternoon.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

There is a lot to see here and it's a great free attraction. It can be very busy, especially at the weekend.

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Raymond Terrace, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We liked this gallery as it was of good size with lots of interesting Art. The Rev Walker skating painting was excellent.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

While visiting Edinburgh for the Fringe and Festival it happened to rain one day so we decided to visit the free gallery on Princess Street. Considering it is free you do not expect to find the quality of art on display in this lovely old building on Edinburgh's main thoroughfare. Not being art experts we were held captive by the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

This was a great little (as compared to other national museums) museum that is well laid out with some excellent pieces. They were running a special Titian exhibit during my visit which was an added bonus.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It was much better than I expected! Great collection in a amazingly beautiful building, both inside and out. Definitely worth the visit, and admission is free.

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Stoke on Trent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Well worth a vist. Great works of art excellent facilities would definitely recommend popping in and of courses free admission.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The gallery itself is very well done. They have themed exhibitions of art as well as their "resident" collection which is excellent. The lighting is superb and really shows off the paintings and sculptures well. The staff are ok, but you sometimes have to ask a few of the attendants to get an answer - but they usually sort out... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Wonderful art, something for everyone. My husband and son are NOT art lovers, but this museum pulled them in for a few hours. There is no entry fee, so you can really spend as much or as little time as you'd like here. We spent more time here then we had planned, which is a complement to the diverse and... More

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