National Galleries of Scotland: Modern Two

National Galleries of Scotland: Modern Two

National Galleries of Scotland: Modern Two
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About
One site, two sculpture parks, two galleries and lots for you to discover. Take a leap forward at the Modern. You will find the many artworks on display to be playful, thought provoking and compelling. Weave your way through two exciting gallery spaces featuring leading artists' works which define the Modern era. Brace yourself for a sensory rollercoaster. Modern Two The wacky and the wonderful. Modern Two’s collection of intriguing artworks shows the departure from traditional styles, in search of new forms and expressions emerging in the late 19th and early 20th century. Take a journey through experimentation, abstraction, and mind-bending creative explorations. Modern Two is located across the road from Modern One and sits atop its own expansive green space. The gallery building looks out over sculptural works by Dan Graham and Nathan Coley, which do more than just add to the stunning parkland scenery. Modern Two also benefits from housing restaurant Paolozzi’s Kitchen.
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Neighborhood: Stockbridge & Dean Village
Just downhill of New Town and attractively straddling a river near the elegant Royal Botanic Garden, it’s small wonder that Stockbridge became one of the city’s first hip neighborhoods. It’s now one of Edinburgh’s most desirable, though many bohemian touches have fallen away as its residents have matured and the area has gentrified. Some second-hand shops cling on, but mostly residents display refined tastes in basement bistros, gastropubs, coffee and antique shops, boutiques and delis and at the Sunday farmers' market. A pleasant ten-minute walk away, along a leafy riverside path beside the gurgling Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. This sleepy neighborhood of medieval half-timbered houses still retains much of the village feel it had when watermills plied their trade here. Beyond, the wooded riverside path feels even more remote as it climbs to the sculpture gardens of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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  • Weary Travellery
    161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art is more than just old paintings hung on a wall
    Modern 2 is the kind of art gallery where you really can find something for everyone - yes, there are a lot of "old paintings hanging on the walls" but also a lot of unexpected things like a giant welded stainless steel robot and stenciling all up the sides and roof of the central stairwell. We walked up the delightful river path from Dean Village to get here, so parking wasn't an issue for us. The current exhibit is The Art of Change, 1900 - 1980, and I think the museum did a great job of presenting each decade with carefully chosen pieces in a variety of mediums, instead of just tossing everything out into a big jumble. My wife and I enjoyed going from room to room and floor to floor, seeing how what is considered art changed and evolved over time. Not to be missed is the recreation of the studio of Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi. It gives a different meaning to the word Hoarder but it's fun to stand there and let your eye roam over the shelves and bins and piles of ... stuff. The gift shop is well stocked and eclectic and the small cafe dished up a superb scone and tea to keep us going.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
  • DunelmArts
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decades of Change
    Loved the Decades of Change exhibition. The art is displayed by the decade it was created and enables you to see the change in styles from the 1900s to the 1980s. You can make your own conclusion as to which decade was best! Free admission
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 12, 2023
  • MYDOGISFINN
    Emsworth, United Kingdom871 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WELL WORTH A VISIT
    The Modern Art Museum is a bit out of the way and does not appear to be served by local buses. The 15 min walk from West End tram stop was well worth it. Lovely building with much interesting art and a cafe. On the other die of the road is Modern One
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
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Keca66
Uttoxeter, UK243 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We only knew about the exhibition when we saw an advertisement on a bus, and being fans, decided to venture over to the site.
I'll start by saying that the exhibition is well worth it. If you grew up on Clash of the Titans, Gwangi and Jason and the Argonauts, and loved the magic of Ray Harryhausen, then this is for you. The history of what got Ray started is told and there are all the models you remember from his illustrious career and also details about how they were designed and made.
However, getting in if you haven't prebooked is not so simple. The website states that booking is recommended, but that entry may be available on the day. We took a chance and were met at the door with a "you need to book online, there is plenty of availability". So despite a booth behind this person with "Tickets" on it, you can't buy your ticket on the door even if they are available! You then have to hope you have enough charge on your phone, a signal (O2 was poor) and 5 minutes to go through all the tickboxes and options to book your tickets whilst standing outside.
Then you can turn around at your allotted time and go in (after being given a sticker to prove you've paid?). This just seemed far more complex than it needed to be and considering that as far as I could make out the Harryhausen exhibition was the only reason for entry, I'm not sure why you need to prove you've paid with a sticker when the only way in is past a member of staff?
Written September 26, 2021
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Thanks for sharing your experience. It's great to hear you enjoyed the Ray Harryhausen exhibition and got so much out of it. We usually can issue tickets in person, if there are any available, from the shop or the ticket desk at Modern One. However, something clearly went wrong on the day you visited, so please accept our apologies. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to see you again soon.
Written September 28, 2021
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Bel016
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It's a bit of a trek from the city centre. They say it's "15 minutes from Princes Street" but that's not true - even if you measure from the far western end of Princes Street, Google Maps still says it's 20 minutes walk. If you're walking from the centre of Princes Street (where the National Gallery is) it'll take more like 30-40 minutes. As far as I can tell there's one bus that goes there (the number 13) which runs once per hour and costs £2 each way.

The gallery itself was a bit disappointing. The website says there's a sculpture park but this isn't accessible to walk round, it's fenced off and you just have to look from a distance. On the day we visited, the whole upstairs of Modern Two was closed for refurbishment - this was not advertised on the website so we had a bit of a wasted trip. We also crossed over to Modern One, which had more to look at but still wasn't particularly big.

On the whole, we wished we'd stayed in the city centre and just gone to the National on Princes Street, which is much bigger and has more to offer, as well as being more conveniently located.
Written February 22, 2024
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Hi there, Thanks for your feedback, we're so sorry that you were disappointed by your visit. Modern One and Two offer the very best modern and contemporary art, and include two free exhibitions - Do Ho Suh | Tracing Time and Paolozzi at 100. We're a bit confused by some of your comments. Modern Two is open with our Paolozzi at 100 exhibition taking over the whole ground floor, there isn't any refurbishment taking place, Our sculpture park is open and available to explore throughout the grounds of Modern One and Modern Two. Part of the park in front of Modern One is enclosed, with entry through the gate in front of the gallery, but there are other sculptures located in the grounds too. We'd really like to discuss your feedback further, if you could please email feedback@nationalgalleries.org. Kind regards, Lisa
Written March 7, 2024
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Emily
Portsmouth, UK208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We went specifically for the Ray Harryhausen exhibition. I loved it. Seeing the characters of my childhood nightmares in real life was nostalgic. Lots of easy to digest information and the last room where you get put into the stop motion monster clip was fun. My partner was a fan so didn’t enjoy it so much so only go if you are genuinely interested. One of the two staff members at the entrance was very stressed out and clearly frightened of COVID (placing stickers on side for us to pick up, adjusting the 2! masks she was wearing in between speaking to each group and getting stressed at her colleague/customers. Awful experience entering but good inside. Book online as you can’t buy at the door even though the website says you don’t need to precook.
Written September 11, 2021
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Thank you for sharing your review. We are really pleased to know you loved seeing the Ray Harryhausen exhibition and we hope you might consider visiting our galleries again in the future. We are sorry to hear about the interactions with our colleagues at the door and the booking process. Your feedback is valued and will be considered as part of our regular reviews to improve the experience of people visiting the galleries.
Written September 28, 2021
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vessi80
North Lanarkshire, UK1,080 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Rain could never spoil the drama of Modern One's exterior and the stunning 'Landform' in front of the Gallery. Inside. Pure Sunshine.
The ground floor is devoted to 'New Arrivals' including a Picasso' Jacqueline' which is full strength factor 50.
Upstairs is Surrealistic sunlight. There's even a Scottish 'Birth of Venus' and the Max Ernst 'Joie de Vivre' made me green with envy.
The temporary Joan Eardley exhibition is a summer standout of seascapes and landscapes- even if there was a wee bit of 1958 'Snow' as well.
Amie Siegel film is over 80 mins so a return visit needed to fully appreciate.
XXL thanks to the superb staff and to the curators for this perfect picnic of paintings.
Written August 16, 2022
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XXL thank you for braving the rain to come and visit us at Modern One! We have loved reading your review and wonder if you might like to come back to see the art again and, if at all possible, come and work in our comms and marketing team? Your words sing off the page - a pure joy to read!
Written August 17, 2022
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528William_M
Greenock, United Kingdom12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I have been a fan of Ray Harryhausen for over 50 years and I never thought that I would ever see the skeletons etc. from the films he worked on. This is the best museum exhibition I've ever been to and and I have been to a lot of them. I spent almost £100 in the shop on books etc. and they were worth every penny. Two friend who came along, and who had never heard of Mr Harryhausen, also greatly enjoyed their visit. A great job has been done putting this together so very well done to all involved for making it enjoyable for all children aged 5 to 85.
Written June 29, 2021
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garyp284
Kirkcaldy, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Took me way back to my childhood when computers and mobiles were things we could only dream off. Our excitement was Ray Harryhausen bringing mythical creatures and stories to life on the big screen. To see these models in the flesh so to speak was such a brilliant experience. A great exhibition to visit.
Written November 15, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review. Hope to see you again soon!
Written November 16, 2021
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Dimitris Igemonas
Thessaloniki, Greece12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
I visited this wonderful gallery after a friend's proposal to watch the Ray Harryhausen exhibition and it was totally worth it. The majority of artifacts are awakening memories from the back of your brain, from old films you 've definitely watched, but you hardly remember. The staff was adhering fully to all Covid protection protocols and I will pinpoint Palmeta's assistance to offer a great tour. Many thanks!
Written May 12, 2021
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Mike W
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Visited the Ray Harryhausen exhibition. Firstly for the anxious.. they have all the required processes in place regarding Covid. Staff really efficient and courteous.
As to the exhibition itself, fantastic! The life story, early work and later success of the great man are displayed beautifully. Wonderful to see the actual models of those iconic creatures that were a massive part of my younger days.
If you are a fan (or not ) you must go.
Written May 28, 2021
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Sarah H
Bexhill, England, United Kingdom13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
I came up specifically to see this exhibition after having had to postpone it due to covid several times. I was not disappointed. I took in the museums too. My gosh, there is so much to absorb. Fabulous! I spent the whole day going round and then going back. I absolutely loved it. What a gem! Not only the Harryhausen exhibition itself, which for me was just a dream. But the art, the sculptures and the knowledge of those in and around the museums themselves and of course the most decorative tiles I have ever seen at Moderm Two. I need a longer visit that's for sure to explore further. My recommendation would be to give yourself more time than you plan, there is so much to see!
Written February 10, 2022
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Thanks so much for your lovely review! So pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon!
Written February 15, 2022
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MYDOGISFINN
Emsworth, UK871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The Modern Art Museum is a bit out of the way and does not appear to be served by local buses. The 15 min walk from West End tram stop was well worth it. Lovely building with much interesting art and a cafe.
On the other die of the road is Modern One
Written September 17, 2023
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