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Explore Edinburgh's amazing are galleries
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Art & Galleries

Edinburgh's impressive collection of national artworks and portraits - both classic and modern - are worth exploring.

With such a rich history, Scotland's art collections are extensive and inspiring. We've listed some of the city's top galleries worth exploring while your staying in the nations capital.

City Art Centre

2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE 

 

Located within 2 minutes walk to Waverley train station, the City Art Centre’s exhibits varied  displays of historic and contemporary Scottish visual and applied arts. Admission is free, however charges may apply to some temporary exhibitions.Nationally recognised collections of Scottish Art are displayed on a rotating basis as well as .a richly diverse programme of changing exhibitions, including historic and modern Scottish paintings and photography, contemporary art and craft.The centre has an escalator and lift providing easy access to all six floors. The Centre also has a great shop and café on the ground floor 

City Art Centre website

Dovecot Studios

10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

Contemporary art gallery and tapestry studio with café. 600m south from Waverley station. 10 minutes’ walk.

Dovecot Gallery occupies an extraordinary building in the heart of Edinburgh working to programme, commission and produce exhibitions and events for contemporary art, craft and design built around a leading international tapestry studio. Dovecot Tapestry Studio produces extraordinary and engaging works of art by commissioned from private and public collectors from across the globe. The Studio is a renowned producer of hand-woven tapestry and gun-tufted rugs. Dovecot Foundation exists to support the Dovecot Apprenticeship Programme, which collaborates with leading artists from around the world and the development of cultural and educational partnerships. The Foundation’s aim is to bring the innovative work of contemporary artists and makers to a wider audience.

Dovecot Studios website

Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Some of the best known pieces of world art. 200m west from Waverley station. 7 minutes’ walk.

 

The Scottish National Gallery exhibits some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, amongst many others. The collection covers the history of Scottish painting including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart. The Scottish National Gallery comprises both the National Gallery Building and the Royal Scottish Academy Building. Both of these buildings, were designed by William Henry Playfair, and are located in the Centre of Edinburgh. Originally built as separate structures, since 2004 they have been physically connected by the underground Gardens Level. 

 

Free Admission/charges for some exhibitions

 

Scottish National Gallery website

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Collection of modern and contemporary art. 2.4 km west from Waverley station. 35 minutes’ walk.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises of 2 buildings Modern One and Modern Two. Modern One is a neoclassical building, designed by William Burn in 1825 converted into the Gallery in 1984. Modern Two was designed by Thomas Hamilton in 1833 as the Dean Orphan Hospital. It was converted into The Gallery in 1999 by Terry Farrell. 

Free Admission/charges for some exhibitions

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art website

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

Portraits of the people who shaped Scotland’s history. 650m north from Waverley station. 10 minutes’ walk.

Free admission/Charges for some exhibitions

Scottish National Portrait Gallery website

Don't skip the Modern Art Gallery right along the water of Leith near Dean Village.

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Edinburgh stunning art collection is at your finger tips
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