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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
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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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Well worth the extra travel to get to it! Even if you only go to the free section. Even the grounds are a beauty. My 7yr old really enjoyed it, and even my husband thanked me for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Izmir, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is free unless there is an exhibition....The lawn at the front of Modern One, designed by Charles Jencks was full of kids is really to be visited. The exhibition "Surreal encounters" was excellent.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the extra travel to get to it! Even if you only go to the free section. Even the grounds are a beauty. My 7yr old really enjoyed it, and even my husband thanked me for dragging him to see it.

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rain slightly dampened our visit but even so the outside exhibits are truly amazing. Inside you are treated to the hushed calm of most art galleries but from Picasso to Hockney it is all here. Galleries never seem busy to me, there are never hoards of folk trailing around until you get to the shop and the cafe restaurant and... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I admit to not being a great fan of modern painting but this gallery has such a range of beautiful works in lush grounds that the whole experience is stimulating and relaxing. They also hold excellent exhibitions (usually need to pay for these) and I feel I learn more each visit. And, yes the cafe is great but can be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Currently showing a Surrealist exhibition on first floor, with free exhibition on 2nd floor. Nice cafe in basement - better than in Gallery Two across the road. Includes a terrace which is great if, as it was today, the sun is shining

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

We absolutely loved both sites - so much to see and such a relaxing place with great cafes and beautiful grounds and gardens; I especially liked stumbling upon the pretty vegetable gardens next to MOMA 2. Both permanent collections have at least one of most C20th European artist and plenty you won't have heard of but will love. There was... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Incredible art on show, couldn't believe what we saw at small local gallery near Haymarket. Bridget Riley exhibition a must

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Having based myself in the nearby area for my Edinburgh sojourn it seemed sensible to stay close on Day One of my visit. Consulting my smart phone online map device I gained a general idea of the location of the gallery and henceforth strode off. The popular 'Leith Walk' allegedly would take me to my destination. However yellow diversion signs... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

Great free gallery. Some nice places to walk around outside too( including water of leith) Nice cafes in the gallery and gift shop.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Go, just go. It's free and beautiful. We were fortunate enough to be there when some scouts were getting an interactive tour and our 2 toddlers loved listening in.

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