Art Galleries

“The best introduction to art is to stroll through a gallery. The more art you see, the more you’ll learn to define your own taste.” – Jeanne Frank

There are many galleries to indulge in, here are our top picks for Edinburgh.

The Scottish National Galley - Open daily, 10am - 5pm, Thursday until 7 pm, Admittance is free

The Scottish National Galley is located in the heart of Edinburgh on Princes Street. This grand building resembles a Greek temple. The Gallery certainly contains the greatest collection of art found in Scotland. Some of the artist on display include Rembrandt, Turner and Van Gogh. The Galleries main collection focuses on the history of Scottish painting. As a result, you will be able to find work by artists such as Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart.  Like many galleries in the UK, it is free to enter but donations are welcome.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery - Free admission, Open daily, 10am-5pm

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is certainly one of Edinburgh’s most stunning buildings. It is a great red sandstone palace. Designed by Sir Robert Anderson the gallery is one of his greatest works.  It is a shrine for Scotland’s heroes and heroines. It opened to the public in 1889 as the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery. Therefore it was unique in the world at that time. Inside you will come face to face with the people who shaped Scotland’s past, present and future.  There is no admittance fee but donations are always welcome.

The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art - Free admission, Open daily, 10am-5pm

Modern One and Modern Two are the two galleries that make up the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. You will find both galleries on Belford Road.  Because of this both galleries are easy to find. Modern One sits in a beautifully sculpted park.  The park is unlike any other in Edinburgh.  There is over 6000 items on display at the galleries as well as many touring exhibits.  Some of the highlights include a recreation of the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi’s studio and work from artists such as Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin.  With so much to explore these galleries are a must for all modern art lovers.

City Art Centre - Free admission, Open daily, 10am-5pm

The City Art Centre is located right outside the Train Station on Market Street.  The central location makes it easy to find. The Art Centre has a collection which include historic and modern Scottish paintings and photography. There is also an arts and craft shop. It is an exhibition-based venue with no permanent displays. Because of this there is always something new on display. Mimi’s Bakehouse cafe also serve a fantastic afternoon tea here.

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