United Kingdom

73 Belford Road

Phone: +44 (0)131 624 6200

The Dean Gallery

The Dean Gallery opened in March 1999, to house the Paolozzi Gift and part of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art's permanent collection, and host exhibitions. Originally designed by Thomas Hamilton in the 1830s as the Dean Orphan Hospital, its recent conversion into a Gallery was undertaken by the architects Terry Farrell and Partners. Situated opposite the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Dean Gallery displays our world-class holdings of Dada and Surrealist art and work by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi; it also houses exhibitions (recent shows have featured Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and The Scottish Colourists).

Permanent Collection

In recent years the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has made some outstanding acquisitions in the field of Dada and Surrealist art, principally from the collections of Sir Roland Penrose (1900-84) and Mrs Gabrielle Keiller (1908-95). Penrose owned a superb collection of early 20th century art, and was a close friend of many of the century's greatest artists. In 1995 the Gallery purchased twenty-six drawings and paintings formerly in his collection, including works by DalĂ­, Delvaux, Ernst, Magritte and Picasso. In that same year the Gallery was bequeathed Gabrielle Keiller's collection of Dada and Surrealist art, and her substantial collection of work by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
In the grounds visitors may see sculpture by Bourdelle, Rickey, Hamilton Finlay, Paolozzi and Turnbull.


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

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


The Dean Gallery has excellent facilities for disabled visitors, a shop stocked with exclusive gifts, and an intimate café.

Disabled Access
There is wheelchair access to the Gallery directly from the car park at the rear entrance. Near this entrance is a specially adapted toilet and lift and all parts of the building are accessible by wheelchair.

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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