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Galleries in Edinburgh

Experience Scotland's National Collection of Iconic Art

Any self-respecting art lover should put Edinburgh high on their list of cities to visit. Iconic architecture notwithstanding, the city has a range of excellent art galleries to explore. With exhibitions from the most famous Scottish artists, as well as a selection of iconic pieces from the global art community, Edinburgh is a haven for all manner of artistic forms.

If you plan on taking a comprehensive tour of the galleries, it’s best to put aside a few days, as some of the galleries can take a whole day to enjoy completely. Scotland’s main and biggest art galleries are the Scottish National Galleries, which hold the majority of the country’s national collections. There’s the Scottish National Gallery, home to traditional art, as well as the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

In addition to the national galleries, Scotland is home to an array of independent galleries. The pick of the fine selection is the City Art Centre, just a few minutes’ walk from The Scotsman Hotel. The gallery houses an ever changing exhibition space, showing work from Scotland’s new and upcoming artists.

So, whether you’re a keen artist who wants to enjoy the full art experience, or just have a passing interest, and plan on a whistle stop tour of the must-sees, the art galleries of Edinburgh are well worth the visit. 

 

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Image of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Courtesy of Spencer Means Via Flickr
Image of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Courtesy of Spencer Means Via Flickr

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

From Modern Masterpieces to Impressive Sculptures

Featuring work by Tracey Emin, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has one of the finest collections of modern pieces in the whole of the UK.

National Gallery of Modern Art
City Art Gallery Edinburgh
City Art Gallery Edinburgh

City Art Centre

Edinburgh's Home of Contemporary Art

Found just around the corner from The Scotsman Hotel, the City Art Centre is an independent gallery that spans six floors of interesting and innovative exhibitions.

City Art Centre
National Gallery of Scotland
National Gallery of Scotland

Scottish National Gallery

Home to Scotland's Collection of Classic Art

Set over multiple floors in a grand gallery building, the Scottish National Gallery is a must see for any self-respecting art enthusiast. Even someone with just a passing interest in art should visit to see the gallery's most famous pieces.

Scottish National Gallery
Image of Scottish National Portrait Gallery Courtesy of Dun_deagh Via Flickr
Image of Scottish National Portrait Gallery Courtesy of Dun_deagh Via Flickr

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Discover the People Behind Scotland's Rich History

Scotland's long and rich history has been shaped, and will continue to be shaped by the people who choose to make it. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery features paintings and photographs of these famous faces.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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