Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

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Discover one of the world’s finest collections of art at Scottish National Gallery, situated on the Mound, an artificial hill in the middle of the city. Designed by architect William Henry Playfair in the Neoclassical style, the gallery opened in 1859. Today, it houses Scottish and international art from the beginning of the Renaissance to the start of the 20th century. At the heart of the collection is a group of paintings transferred from the Royal Scottish Academy, including masterpieces by Jacopo Bassano, Anthony van Dyck, and Giambattista Tiepolo. The collection also includes notable works by Cézanne, Botticelli, Degas, El Greco, Monet, Goya, Gauguin, Raphael, Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Vermeer, to name just a few. Check online for special events and temporary exhibits. Use our Edinburgh online tour itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Scottish National Gallery and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • Small museum, well structured and free. It has many Renaissance works and paintings by renowned authors such as El Greco, Goya, Gaugin, Cezanne, David and Titian, among others. The visit can last an hour, depending on how quiet you take it. The building in which the museum is located has a certain charm. Thursdays close two hours later.
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  • Not a huge gallery but there are some wonderful pieces on display. As you start there are the traditional religious and mythological paintings. There are paintings by Titian, Rafael, Gainsborough, Rub...  more »
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  • The art in here is really good, however it did seem very limited. Unfortunately some rooms were closed for rehanging, which I can appreciate, however even so there wasn't a lot to look at. It is free so either way it's worth doing, even if it does only take an hour or so. Additionally it's not hugely busy (in the week) so you can get a really good look at the paintings.
  • A beautiful building situated on Princes Street right next to Waverley station looking up to the royal mile and Edinburgh Castle. The galleries are free to enter, but donations can be made and there are shops and a cafe. The range and quality of art is wonderful. You could quite easily spend a whole day appreciating the art. However, if you are spending more than a few days in the city, it would be nice to pop into the galleries several times to take it all in. Lockers are available if you have bags you don’t want to carry around.
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