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“Great gallery cafe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One
75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, Scotland
0131 624 6200
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Ranked #78 of 199 attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Art Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.Set in beautiful parkland close to the Water of Leith you can explore sculpture by major artists such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth, and discover the dramatic lawn at the front of the building, designed by landscape architect, Charles Jencks.The collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ranges from 1900s to the present day, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Vuillard and Dix, as well as a superb selection of paintings by Scottish artists such as Peploe, Fergusson, Gillies and Redpath. Also on display are postwar works by Bacon, Freud, Davie, Hockney and Leger and more recent pieces by Turner prize winning artists Richard Wright and Martin Creed, alongside Karla Black, Douglas Gordon and Tracey Emin to name a few.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Great gallery cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This does what it says on the tin. It's a very decent museum cafe - excellent place for a snack lunch when you're visiting this first rate modern art gallery in a beautiful building. We both had goat's cheese & Mediterranean vegetables in focaccia with a mug of courgette soup - very edible! The service was a little slow; there didn't seem to be enough staff on. Reasonable value. Very pleasant light & airy room overlooking the garden, which is a real sun trap once or twice a year....

Visited November 2012
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“Beautiful Museum set in two closely situated sites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Works from the Gallery’s collection are presented plus special loans . The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century, cubist paintings and superb holdings of expressionist and modern British art. Special highlights include paintings by Matisse and Picasso. It''s well laid out and spacious. You can wander around to your hearts content.

Visited September 2012
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“Surly staff in restaurant”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Sad but true staff in restaurant Sunday 28 August 2012 unable to smile, barely managed please and thank you . When asked to produce bacon sandwich at 10am told that can't do this despite having bacon sandwiches on menu because lunch didn't start till 11.30 . Staff advised preparing sandwiches sign says everything prepared to order. On plus side staff in galleries friendly and helpful.

Visited October 2012
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“Soul enriching”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We went on Sunday to visit the Picasso exhibition. The building is incredibly beautiful and serene with stunning grounds. The staff were friendly and knowledgable. Fantastic visit. The only downside is the restaurant is small, there was a big queue that took ages because they weren't many people serving but once we had food it was delicious

Visited October 2012
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“Great lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Had a really good lunch in the late October sun when we visited the Picasso exhition. The cafe is really to be recommended. The only reason I haven't given it a full 5 stars is because the queues are too long and the service slow - apart from that the food and the presentation are first class. Good value too.

Visited October 2012
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