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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

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Address: 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, Scotland
Phone Number: 441316246200
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and...

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.

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The gardens are amazing

We live in edinburgh and this is easily one of the best days out, especially if its a nice day. Before you even get into the gallery, the gardens are so much fun and are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Justine B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We live in edinburgh and this is easily one of the best days out, especially if its a nice day. Before you even get into the gallery, the gardens are so much fun and are beautiful. The gallery itself has a lot of interesting art work and the staff are most welcoming. Recommend for locals and tourists alike.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Caught this exhibition before it closes on the 11 Serptember . What a collection of Art tracing the origins of Surrealism to the present day With Picasso ,Salvador Dali and many other artists . This gallery was packed full of visitors it is a serious representation of the works of Miro,Ernst ,Magritte and many others well worth seeing

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spotted this museum on my morning run, on my last morning in Edinburgh, and was intrigued by the Surrealist Exhibition that was advertised on the hoardings outside. Not to mention the equally intriguing Anthony Gormley sculpture embedded in the pavement outside the museum. There's a small fee to see the exhibition " Surreal Encounters " but it's well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go regularly, it's very ear us. The Surrealist exhibition was on, finishing soon, and it was really big and very good. The permanent collection ( free entry) was only upstairs. The gallery has a huge collection of very good paintings ( subjective ). The grounds have some interesting sculpture.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

Must see exhibition with works by Di Chirico, Miro, Ernst, Magritte, Dali, Delvaux. Surrealism as the freedom to disobey the rules that had previously governed the act of painting, a dream world of the imagination that is frequently unsettling and often erotic. There is much to enjoy here. I particularly liked Max Ernst’s Pieta in which he replaced Mary cradling... More 

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Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

We took a taxi to this museum from our hotel downtown. It is quite far from downtown. The art work in the museum really is not the best and I found only a few modern paintings that I liked.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Perhaps we just don't get this type of 'art' but we don't think it's art if you have to be told what you're meant to see. Sanctimonious staff don't help, either.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We always come here when we visit Edinburgh. This time the draw was the Surrealist exhibition. One of the best exhibitions of surrealism I can remember. No problem getting here, it's a short bus ride from Princes street, or a pleasant walk through the area of the Dean valley. You can get day tickets for Edinburgh buses for £4.00 which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

Totally an education to spend an hour or two absorbing the wonderful works on view here, together with the stories connected with them. Three terrific collections have been brought together with video talks by Roland Penrose's son Antony and by the German couple who have some amazing paintings. Dali, Magritte, Ernst, Miro, Man Ray and others plus some lady artists... More 

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Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Visited before but went again for the Surrealist Collectors exhibition, Collecting the Marvellous. £8 for concessions but worth it. Rest of Gallery is free, including a Bridget Reilly exhibition. Bus from National Gallery on the hour from 10 except 13.00- £1 contribution. Only 16 seats and first come first served. Also has decent cafe- salads, soup, cakes etc.

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