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“Great place and wonderful location”

Scottish National Gallery
Ranked #35 of 396 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We walked from our hotel to the Gallery. What a wonderful location overlooking Princes Gardens and the Scott Monument. Free entry and once inside very airy and not too many people, so walking round is a pleasure. We particularly wanted to see certain paintings and staff were very helpful in locating these.

We started off by viewing the Scottish Exhibition which introduced us to many artists we were unfamiliar with. This was very good. We then continued with the rest. We saw some wonderful paintings by Rembrandt, Monet, Degas and some sculptures including one version of Rodin's Kiss. We also particularly wanted to see Botticelli's Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, Picasso's Mother and Child, Van Gogh's Head of a Peasant Woman and Vermeer's Christ the House of Martha and Mary . We saw everything we came for and a lot more. A very interesting and successful visit on our part.

Lifts are available to get to upper floors.

Having bought some postcards in the shop we then went to the cafe for coffee and cake and then made our way to the Old Town and the Royal Mile.

Definitely recommend if interested in art.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

What a fab visit, and its free!
Dont miss this it is really interesting.
Just be careful which exhibits you photograph, some are restricted.

Thank 229JonB
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

we were surprised to find such a vast array of works by some of the worlds most renowned artists, and I am not really a gallery person, the gallery was not overcrowded so you could just wonder around at your leisure and take it all in.

Thank Neil F
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This was not crowded, comfortable, beautiful works of art and free. We saw paintings by Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gough and Degas including sculpture. The Scottish exhibition was great too! A pleasant wander and an opportunity to visually experience some history.

Thank Renae A
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Surprised it wasn't more busy, great collection of art. Probably the best variety we had seen in UK, and easy to view due to lack of crowds. We ran out of time viewing everything as we had to catch a train, had only discovered it when we walking around the gardens & decided to go the last morning we where Edinburgh.

Thank Gorrob
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