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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)

73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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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. On permanent display is a fascinating recreation of Eduard Paolozzi's studio, as well as his 7.3M tall sculpture, Vulcan, that dominates the cafe. Also in Modern Two is The Stairwell Project, a large-scale, permanent work by 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright.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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73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS, Scotland
Stockbridge & Dean Village
+44 131 624 6200
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Reviewed yesterday

A highlight of our trip. Lovely museum, well worth the trip out of town. Shuttle bus runs between the three museums, but was full on the return trip. Very busy in August. Other buses - Route 13, runs from the centre of Edinburgh.

Thank gardenweed99
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you like modern art, you will enjoy this museum. There are some unusual works that are worth seeing and discussing. I could spend hours here. The cafe is always excellent. It seems that the cafes in Scottish museums take food seriously - there are...More

Thank Gary F
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the best galleries in Britain (according to Doris Lockhart-Saatchi) and one of the best building conversions in Scotland, the former Dean Gallery (and before that, an Orphanage) is an incredible place - a wonderful permanent collection and great temporary galleries, a cafe with...More

1  Thank Duncan W
Reviewed 6 days ago

I found the Modern Art Gallery One better than Two. I found the war-time art exhibition on a little old-hat. It was interesting but when I think of contemporary, I would like to see more recent art work however "modern" probably alludes to modernism which...More

Thank Fi L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited this gallery before and enjoyed it's excellent permanent collection. However, on this trip to the City, we were looking forward to seeing the "True to Life" exhibition of British Realist Paintings in the 1920/1930's period, of which our knowledge was very limited....More

1  Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 1 week ago

Grounds allow for tranquil reflection. Exhibits always worth exploring. Staff helpful. Good quality shop too.

Thank Faith B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see the Escher exhibit there and found it to be more than we had hoped for. So interesting and well put together. My husband, an avid fan, was extremely pleased with what we experienced.

1  Thank Kkschuler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our experience of the 'Modern One' gallery was limited due to work completion on an Exhibition taking place the next day however that did not stop ourselves from having a lovely time here.The building which dates back to the early 1800s and formerly an institute...More

Thank cyprusfan10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely gallery, friendly welcome by staff and a fantastic exhibition of some forgotten art of the twenties and thirties. Some real stunners. Would have liked more postcards of the paintings exhibited however.

1  Thank raec12361
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's such a wonderful pleasure for art lovers to be able to stroll across that fairly busy road, near the embedded man, to find not a twin of its slightly more modern, substantial, adjacent gallery space, but something a bit more crowdedly curated but nonetheless...More

Thank Angus E
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
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Barb S
April 30, 2017|
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Thanks . Waverley station
May 15, 2015|
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You can get the Gallery bus from the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound (only a few minutes’ walk from Waverley Station) to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art for £1. Staff at the Scottish National Gallery will... More