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The Mound

Phone: +44 (0)131 624 6200
Website: http://www.natgalscot.ac.

National Gallery Complex

Three manificent buildings, right in the heart of Edinburgh, make up the National Gallery Complex.

The National Gallery of Scotland is home to Scotland's prestigious national collection.

The Royal Scottish Academy Building is one of Europe's premier exhibition venues.

The Weston Link lies beneath the two buildings - connecting them together - and is for shopping, eating, drinking and learning.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

At the heart of the National Gallery of Scotland's collection is a group of paintings which includes masterpieces by Jacopo Bassano, Van Dyck and Tiepolo, transferred from the Institution and the Academy. The Gallery did not receive its own purchase grant until 1903, and has since made many outstanding purchases such as Gauguin's Vision after the Sermon, Velázquez's Old Woman Cooking Eggs, El Greco's Fábula, Bernini's sculpture of Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo, Botticelli's Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child and Antonio Canova's Three Graces, shared with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London
The Gallery also boasts the largest and most comprehensive collection of Scottish paintings in the world. All the major names of Scottish art, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart, are represented in depth. Among the best-loved works are Raeburn's Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch and Ramsay's portrait of his second wife, Margaret Lindsay.


Free. A charge may be made for special exhibitions.

Opening hours

Open daily 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm.

Getting there

The National Gallery Complex sits on the Mound, just off Princes Street, overlooking the railway station and Princes Street Gardens. To get there catch the free Galleries' bus, or any bus to Princes Street or walk five minutes from the Waverley Railway Station. Limited metered parking nearby available for cars.


The National Gallery Complex has facilities for disabled visitors and direct access to the Weston Link. There is wheelchair access to all areas of the Gallery. There is also a specially adapted toilet and lift.

Within Edinburgh, Artlink runs a service enabling people with disabilities to visit arts venues in the city. If visitors wish to use their services or find out further information, telephone +44 (0)131 229 3555.

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The National Gallery Complex's study facilities comprise the Prints and Drawings Study Room and the National Gallery of Scotland Library. Public access to both rooms is from the Weston Link.

The Prints and Drawings Collection in the National Gallery of Scotland
The National Gallery of Scotland's Prints and Drawings Collection consists of over 30,000 works on paper, from the early Renaissance to the late nineteenth century.