The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh

If you’re an art fan visiting Edinburgh then be sure to head to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art where you can explore not one, but two modern art galleries for absolutely free! With everything from cubism to realism in both galleries, there’s something for everyone here, you’ll even find a Lichtenstein piece if you visit the Modern 1! They have new special exhibitions every couple of months so be sure to check the website to see what special event is happening when you want to go visit the galley.

Where can I find modern art in Edinburgh?

Just a 20-minute walk from the city centre is the Modern Art Gallery which has two galleries for you to explore!

This art gallery contains more than 6,000 works of art and it also spans multiple different genres of art including; paintings, sculptures, installations, video work, prints and drawings. Some of the artwork is even outside so look out for it while you’re going between the two galleries.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art first opened in August 1960 at Inverleith House in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden however it moved to Belford Road in 1984 where Modern 1 is now. Later in March 1999 Modern 2 opened just across the street from its sister gallery. Ut contains the Gallery of Modern Art’s permanent collection as well as hosting temporary exhibitions.

  • Opens from 10am-5pm
  • Both galleries contain a café
  • The Horsebox café is takeaway only
  • There are different exhibitions run throughout the year
  • Free entry
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