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“The Ideal National Collection”

Scottish National Gallery
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed January 29, 2013

There is nothing to dislike about the gallery. It is beyond fault. It has the same pristine and academic excellence which the National Gallery in London has but being much smaller is easier to take in in a shorter time. The downstairs galleries are as grand as well lit as any Victorian galleries should be and the upper galleries are small and quiet and one may even say, cosy. The collection offers one a good selection of paintings from all centuries from the early Rennaisance onwards. There is a stunning Church of Niagara Falls which is worth the visit alone.

The bookshop/giftshop is very well stocked and I'm sure the cafe is of the highest quality too though we didn't use it.

This is an issue for the gallery really, but the gallery toilets seemed to be being used by a constant stream of young and/or extended families who clearly weren't gallery goers but were simply there for the German open market next door.

Thank Martin G
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Great to spend an hour out of the rain, admiring some Old Masters. Turner expo currently on, small but worth a visit.

Thank Mark S
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Went to see the annual Turner exhibition. This was, as ever, wonderful. These paintings are so stunningly brilliant they make my jaw drop. Each time I see something new. This has become an annual pilgrimage in January and long may it continue. The rest of the gallery doesn't do much for me, bit old fashioned in its layout and approach. But the Turners make up for it and they have excellent visiting exhibitions, Rodins Kiss till Feb 2014 for instance.

Thank smag3
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is a lovely gallery which is well laid out. There are lockers for placing things in(though many of the keys have lost their number tags) and a good plan of the gallery. I particularly enjoyed the Turner watercolours which are only on view in January.
I thought the restaurant overpriced and disappointing.

Thank susanwalsh
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

The Gallery looks so small from the outside, we were amazed at the amount of beautiful artworks on display. It really does need a good half day to visit. The only thing we felt was that some of the artworks were not perfectly lit and this detracted a little from the pleasure of the visit.

Thank glasgowlassie0505
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