Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Scottish National Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Scottish National Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world. This includes masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting with major names such as Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart. It is a popular but peaceful attraction in the city centre offering free admission to the permanent collection and additional ticketed exhibitions. This art gallery (or art museum) is part of the National Galleries of Scotland, which also includes the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It is made up of both the National Gallery building and the Royal Scottish Academy building. Both of these buildings, designed by William Henry Playfair, stand in the heart of Edinburgh.
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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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antoinjstrachan
London, UK159 contributions
Dec 2021
Visiting the National Gallery was free. Book online to make sure you get an entry slot. The gallery has an amazing collection of artwork. Make sure you stop here.
Written December 18, 2021
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Thank you! Pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Scottish National Gallery. Come back soon!
Written December 21, 2021
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ClaireandTerry
London, UK123 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Small but excellent collection. Warm welcome at the door, though we were confused where the entrance was at first because of the building work. No lockers, which was annoying. Many Scottish painters with the odd Gainsborough, Monet and Constable thrown in. Plenty of places to sit for tired legs.

There was a notice about a painting with black people in it, saying they wanted feedback about it, which I found odd. This painting is a national asset and of course, there are historical connotations that might be unpalatable to modern eyes but if there was a description setting the context, then we can debate over the culture of the time it was painted and how we view things differently now. I don't agree with cancelling historic paintings because it might include something we might find offensive. I think we should be allowed to have our sensibilities challenged. If we pull down these works of art (as well as statues, books, posters, etc) how are we meant to learn never to repeat that history?
Written November 25, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and sharing your review. You may be interested to know that we have made commitments in regard to equality, diversity and inclusion. These include reviewing works across our collection to build research, reveal ignored or overlooked histories and ensure the language we are using reflects these commitments. You can find our more about this on our website; please see the link below. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon. https://www.nationalgalleries.org/about-us/plans-policies/developing-equality-diversity-inclusion-EDI-commitments
Written December 8, 2021
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DesmondJH
61 contributions
Nov 2021
This is an extraordinary museum. It's undergoing some renovations just now but this has forced a consolidation of the collection on the main viewing floor in a way that concentrates the masterpieces. And masterpieces here are true masterpieces, in the same way they are at the Courtauld or the Frick. Titian, Botticelli, Raphael, daVinci, Veronese, Tintoretto, Bassano, Velasquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer and the list goes on and on. Major works you've seen pictures of before. And of course, Raeburn's ice-skating cleric, who you'll never forget. It's an Old Masters collection primarily, but there is a very god Monet Haystack painting upstairs.
It's free, it's easy to get around, it's exactly in the center of the city, and in an hour you can see some of the best paintings in Europe.
Written November 23, 2021
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Thanks so much for your lovely review!
Written December 3, 2021
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Emily
London, UK110 contributions
Nov 2021
Great collection, some amazing artwork, well displayed. covering a range of periods & styles. Worth a visit - collection is relatively small so doesn't need a huge amount f time.
Written November 22, 2021
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Thank you for visiting!
Written December 3, 2021
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Peter I
North Yorkshire, UK419 contributions
Nov 2021
A great collection of artworks right in the centre of the city with some very well known international and Scottish painters.
Written November 19, 2021
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Thanks for visiting!
Written December 3, 2021
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Rhagnar
Spennymoor, UK263 contributions
Nov 2021
Brilliant art gallery. I suppose the most famous is 'The Monarch of the Glen' but there are other good ones. 'Tancred Wounded' is about the first crusade, the dead tippoo sultan [we all know Richard Sharpe killed him] is another, but there's one that is a huge painting of a Greek city that was owned by Ray Harryhausen who was the king of stop go motion pictures and he used it as the city in his last picture 'Clash of the Titans'
There's Monet, Van Gogh and Canaletto. It's nice and warm, and the very clean toilets seem to be made of Victorian tiles. Busy times you have to book a slot and I think 90 minutes is required. Best of all, it's free.
Written November 9, 2021
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Thanks for your review! Hope to see you again soon
Written November 16, 2021
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Jim and Leslie
Quaker Hill, CT188 contributions
Oct 2021
We went on a rainy day and it was perfect. Needed to kill time before our entrance time and visited the Cafe for tea. They were able to accommodate us without reservation. The gallery was a perfect size for the time we wanted to spend (2-3 hours). Art was great.
Written November 6, 2021
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Thanks for your lovely review! Very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit.
Written November 8, 2021
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ROBLOW
Tatworth, UK15 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
From start to finish, our visit was excellent, despite covid restrictions. The quality of the art, as a look at the artists would suggest, is exquisite. The layout flowed well, and you could get up close to study the works of art without feeling crowded - including the big hitters like "monarch of the glen", the Da Vinci, and The Skating Minister. A must see on a visit to Edinburgh.
Written October 27, 2021
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So glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for your review
Written November 3, 2021
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louiseaI5534NQ
Westhill, UK41 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Here is a fantastic collection of differenty styled artwork. It begins with Christian artwork which is beautiful and progresses through Dutch and English artworks etc. There are some notable artists included e.g. cezzane, van gogh, rembrant etc. The beautiful Monarch of the Glen is also housed here. Well worth a visit.
Written October 17, 2021
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Thanks for your review! Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon!
Written October 20, 2021
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John S
2 contributions
Oct 2021
Really enjoyed our visit, partly because it was pouring with rain outside! At present it's quite small compared to equivalent galleries elsewhere, so looking forward to revisiting in a couple of years time when it should be 50% bigger.
Written October 13, 2021
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Thanks John! Come back and visit us again soon
Written October 20, 2021
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