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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

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Address: 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, Scotland
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+44 131 624 6200
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Fascinating gallery

The exhibitions may not always be to my taste but this gallery is always a delight to visit as they have the added attractions of an excellent small shop and wonderful cafe. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The exhibitions may not always be to my taste but this gallery is always a delight to visit as they have the added attractions of an excellent small shop and wonderful cafe. The cafe can be rather over populated by the local yummy mummies and their exuberant off spring but this does not detract from the excellent food on offer.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! Everything from Picasso to Warhol and everything in between. A stunning location. Spacious, quiet and contemplative atmosphere. An outstanding collection of works of various media. Absolutely brilliant.

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Bude, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Lover of art, I'd be happy anyway, but we approached walking via the water of Leith and took in some of the sculpture and landscaping first. Jack Frost just added to the magic. Stunning interior with lovely art exhibits and shows

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Daphne, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Two Buildings packed with art. The Café has excellent coffee and very good porridge and eggs benedict. The buildings are in a park like setting and are gems themselves. There is a shuttle from this museum that goes to the other Scottish National Galleries. Plus the outdoor art. A bit off the main tourist streets.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

As a person with only a small interest in modern art, I was hoping this could be interest could be developed through my visit here. Firstly ,the welcome from staff was very warm which was nice for me (being a visitor to Edinburgh). As I began to explore, I found some themes repetitive (the use of cotton wool especially) which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

The gallery is located on the other side of Belford Road to Modern Art Two and is around a mile from the Haymarket area of the city. The gardens outside the gallery are very eye catching and well manicured. Inside, there was an interesting small exhibition of the work of Bridget Riley. The pop art was good represented by the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

But coffee and scones are a reality which cannot be denied. So Coffee, very good, cheese scone, right on the button. However painted cotton wool or stones placed on a piece if metal? Debatable. The vegetable garden is a delight.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

This is the one to go to, if you only have time for one of the two. There's two floors with artwork that I believe changes over time. We saw some surrealism, cubism, hyper realism. There's really something for everyone to enjoy here. I really enjoyed seeing some Warhol.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

This is definitely worth a visit for the restaurant alone. Lots of art to see too, and you cross the road to Gallery 2. One of the many free things to do in the city, and as a tourist you should pop in.

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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Brought my daughters uop for the College of Art open day and thought we would pay this place a visit whilst in Edinburgh. We really enjoyed the selction and variety of modern paintings, especially the work of Bridget Riley. The cafe was a good place to stop off for a rest too.

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