United Kingdom

75 Belford Road,

Phone: +44 (0)131 624 6200
Fax: +44 (0)131 623 7126
Website: http://www.natgalscot.ac.

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art

Set in extensive parkland, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art lies to the west of Edinburgh's City Centre, on Belford Road. The Gallery first opened in 1960 at Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden and moved to its present site in 1984.
The current building, designed by William Burn in the 1820s as the John Watson Institution, has been adapted with great vision and success to its new function. It now has bright, spacious rooms and its grounds provide an ideal setting for sculptures by Tony Cragg, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Rachel Whiteread among others. The lawn to the front of the building has recently been re-landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks. This dramatic work, or 'landform', comprises a stepped, serpentine-shaped mound reflected in three crescent-shaped pools of water.

When the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art opened in 1960, it inherited a small number of 20th century works from the National Gallery of Scotland, but the majority of the collection has been acquired over the last forty years. The collection now comprises more than 5,000 items, ranging in date from the late 19th century to the present and encompasses work in a wide variety of media, from paintings, bronzes and works on paper, to kinetic sculpture and video installations.

Permanent Collection

Highlights of the collection include early 20th century French paintings by Bonnard, Vuillard, Derain and Matisse; Cubist work by Braque, LĂ©ger and Picasso; early 20th century Russian art, including oils by Larionov and Goncharova; and a superb collection of Expressionist art, with works by Barlach, Kirchner, Kokoschka and Nolde.

The post-war collection includes work by Morandi, Bacon, Hockney, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Moore and Freud. 20th century Scottish art is especially well represented, with works by Mackintosh, the Scottish Colourists, Gillies, Maxwell, Eardley, Philipson, Davie, Bellany, Currie and Howson, while recent acquisitions include works by younger Scots such as Christine Borland and Douglas Gordon. The Gallery's outstanding collection of Dada and Surrealist art and extensive holding of work by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi is shown in the adjacent Dean Gallery.
Since space permits only a portion of the collection to be displayed at any one time, works are shown on a rotating basis. Exhibitions are also held throughout the year. The Gallery's collection of works on paper is held in the Print Room, which is open by appointment. The gallery can be hired for a variety of corporate functions.

Previous Exhibitions


Forthcoming exhibitions



Admission free. A charge may be made for special exhibitions.

Opening hours

Normal opening hours:
Open daily 10am-5pm.
Festive period opening hours:
Closed 25 and 26 December only. Open 1 January from 12noon-5pm.

Getting there

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery can be reached by an attractive riverside walkway following the Water of Leith. Visitors can join the walkway at Stockbridge, near the centre of Edinburgh, or at Roseburn to the west of the city centre.

Set in spectacular parkland with the commanding Jencks landform centre stage, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is situated directly opposite the Dean Gallery on Belford Road. Walking from the west end of Princes Street it will take 15 minutes, or from Haymarket Railway Station it will take 10 minutes, to reach the Gallery. Catch the free Galleries' bus, or Lothian bus 13. Free Car Parking.


The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has excellent facilities for disabled visitors, a shop stocked with exclusive gifts and a cheerful café extending onto the garden terrace.

Disabled Access
There is wheelchair access to all parts of the Gallery. There is also a specially adapted toilet and lift (toilet not suitable for larger motorised wheelchairs).

For events in the Gymnasium, parking is available in the south car park.

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.

Gallery Shop
For the best in modern design, postcards from the collection, jewellery, stationery, slides and prints, textiles, ceramics and glass and a range of gallery-related products visit the Gallery shop. Exclusive products and publications as well as beautifully designed merchandise from around the world are available.

The shop is open between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Sunday.

To make a mail-order purchase, telephone +44 (0)131 624 6259 or email publications@nationalgalleries.org.

Gallery Café
This light and airy café has a pleasant buzz all year around, and the handsome terrace extending to the sculpture garden is an extremely popular spot for lunch. The menu changes daily, constituting a choice of two soups, four salads and two hot main dishes including a vegetarian option. As much as possible is made on site using Scottish ingredients. A classic selection of Scottish cheeses is on offer with a triumphant array of cakes which encourages people to often return.

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Membership Enquiries 0131 624 6279 membership@nationalgalleries.org


The National Galleries of Scotland are funded by the Scottish Executive and depend on the generosity of many of its many sponsors, donors and supporters to maintain its exhibition and education programmes, and other special projects. Find out more how you can become involved by following the links or contacting the Development Staff on their numbers below.

Fundraising 0131 624 6220 development@nationalgalleries.org

Legacies 0131 624 6241 legacies@nationalgalleries.org

Sponsorship Enquiries 0131 624 6264 development@nationalgalleries.org

Venue hire

Corporate Events:
0131 624 6239 events@nationalgalleries.org