Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh (must see)

No art lover should miss a chance to visit the Scottish National Gallery, which you will find on the Mound, just next to the Royal Scottish Academy.

In 1859 when the building opened the gallery shared the place with the academy. It also housed the Portrait Gallery and the lack of space became a real problem until the Portrait Gallery moved to its new building. But by 1906 more space was needed and the academy moved into the building next door. The gallery was entirely renovated in 1912.

The gallery features both Scottish and European art and you will be delighted with the collection that counts over 30,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture from the early Renaissance period to the end of the 19th century.

You will see works by Bassano, Bernini, Botticelli, Cézanne, Constable and Degas. You can admire “Vision of the Sermon” by Gauguin, paintings and drawings by El Greco, Titian, Tiepolo, and da Vinci. Among the statues is the beautiful sculpture of “The Three Graces” by Canova.

The gallery also houses an amazing Research Library that contains over 50,000 books, journals, microfilms, and slides from 1300 to 1900. This is one of the finest reference libraries in the world.

The Western Link is an underground interconnection between the gallery and the academy. In this area, there is a lecture theatre, a restaurant, and the gallery shop. There is also an interactive IT Gallery where using touch-screens, you can see the gallery’s entire collection.

Why You Should Visit:
Good selection of non-Scottish and great Scottish works; an intimate and cozy way to spend a couple of hours.
Entry is free for permanent exhibitions and there is a small fee for special collections.

Tip:
Make sure you go into both the main Gallery building itself and the Academy building which sits behind it.
Note that the wonderful Turner watercolor exhibition goes on show every January – truly some wonderful insights into his travels around Europe.

Opening Hours:
Fri-Wed: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-7pm

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Sight Name: Scottish National Gallery
Sight Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: New Town Walking Tour   City Orientation Walk  

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