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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One
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$19.66*
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #70 of 394 things to do in Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Great every time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

You simply must go there again and again and again, it is such a beautiful building alone that's worth the visit and some of the exhibitions are outstanding, become a "friends" member well worth it.

Visited November 2012
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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“Not My Cup of Tea”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Even in winter the grounds are attractive and the building impressive but the exhibits left me cold.
Ajacent to each exhibit was a plaque with information on the artist and a fairly long explanation as to what the exhibit meant. For me, many appeared to be the doodles of a child and for the life of me, I was unable to reconcile the "meaning" with the artwork. What profound meaning could you take from a pile of old newspapers on the floor? In one room there was an electric heater and I'm still not certain if if was there warming up the room or there as an exhibit!

The cafe is very pleasant with a good choice of food. The staff are helpful and full of useful information. There is a free bus which takes you into the heart of Edinburgh. The driver was friendly, and went out of his way to assist passengers.

Though not my cup of tea, I would recommend a visit as we all have different tastes and many people who were there appeared to be impressed by the exhibits....whatever they were!

Visited February 2013
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Grenada
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“hometown pride”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

the exhibit death to death - oh wow! some of it takes a bit of digesting. the building is sited on lovely grounds, and at the back of the building, behind the wall in the corner, is a small cemetery from the days when the building used to be a school...again i was directed to this by one of the staff...more enthusiasm for the history of the area, and hometown pride.
the free shuttle from the national gallery in the city centre connects visitors to modern art one and two. brilliant

Visited February 2013
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“Handy for parking”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

You can park here and then get the free bus into the National Gallery in Princes Street. Pleasant building and setting. Some good touring exhibitions but not worth a visit to Edinburgh

Visited January 2013
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Fife , Scotland
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“Favourite Edinburgh Gallery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Would recommend this gallery to any visitor to Edinburgh interested in modern Art . By far it has the finest collection of Scottish art in the world and is a set in beautiful grounds in a fabulous building. The cafe down stairs is well worth a visit and great for lunch. Slightly out of the town centre but well worth the taxi ride

Visited July 2012
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