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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: 0131 624 6200
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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 Turner Exhibition

Visited last week to see the Turner exhibition - water colours which were very interesting, Unfortunately the explanation was below the paintings and not alongside and the font... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
71chris2016
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have a look at the Women's Exhibition and then go for lunch at the excellent cafe on the ground floor..with wholesome soups and salads plus an optional meat course. Cakes and puddings are delicious. Chocolate brownie slice with salted caramel exceptional.For sharing! Tables outside in the summer surrounded by roses and a beautiful herbaceous border. Kitchen garden also there so... More 

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Thank Ali O
London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took shelter in the gallery on a freezing January day. Not sure if you can be both braw and dreich at the same time, but I was. Enjoyed the art a lot, but loved my aubergine and cumin soup more. Fantastic grounds too. And only a 20 minute walk from town. You could combine it with a walk down... More 

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Thank Simonr1295
England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good place for general browsing. quite close its twin brother! very close to cheap hotel (Britannia) and very obvious first thing to do first thing after leaving the hotel :)

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited last week to see the Turner exhibition - water colours which were very interesting, Unfortunately the explanation was below the paintings and not alongside and the font was rather small. Could have been better laid out, but certainly a wonderful gallery and well worth a visit

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Gallery has a really enjoyable and well chosen selection of modern art, very well laid out. In my book, it's a lot more appealing than the main SNG and it's rather more interesting than its own counterpart ("Two"). I guess the main drawback is accessibility - you can get there by public transport, but not particularly easily.

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Thank Geoffrey B
Cambridge, UK
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've never really seen myself as a fan of modern art but that's certainly changing - and I'm sure that's helped by our visit here. It's easily accessible: for one thing there's a special minibus service that runs between Edinburgh's galleries. But if you're feeling more adventurous (or confident in your knowledge of Edinburgh) it's a pleasant 15 - 20... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have visited a couple of years ago but went a fortnight ago specifically to see the exhibition of Scottish Women Artists. This was a wonderful experience - a really well put together exhibition which introduced me to artists I didn't know. I love the semi-rural surroundings of the gallery - and the wonderful grass circles outside, which is another type... More 

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Vancouver
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

This gallery warrants a side trip but two hours should be plenty. We had hoped to see some 20th century Scottish works but they are few are far between in the permanent collection on display. I would start with the second floor but that is my usual tactic as the first left me discouraged except for Roy's works. Just the... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 385 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Set over two sites the modern art gallery has a good range of art and one of exhibitions. Magritte, Dali, MaxErnst etc. Hats off two the guy in the shop who was having to deal with someone who was behaving like a mad cat lady complaining about the range in the shop. You know who you are if reading this... More 

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This is not normally somewhere I would choose to go but did it for my daughter who loves this sort of thing and I have to say I really enjoyed it. There are some thingst that I had to say OK what is it and why? But there was a lot there to like and think about

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