Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. Modern One is housed in a neoclassical building, which was designed by William Burn in 1825. The lawn at the front of the building was landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks and is home to a fantastic sculpture park. Pig Rock Bothy is also on the Modern One grounds and was designed for a changing programme of performances, discussions, residencies and events.
The collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ranges from 1900s to the present day, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Vuillard and Dix, as well as a superb selection of paintings by Scottish artists such as Peploe, Fergusson, Gillies and Redpath. Also on display are postwar works by Bacon, Freud, Davie, Hockney and Leger and more recent pieces by Turner prize winning artists Richard Wright and Martin Creed, alongside Karla Black, Douglas Gordon and Tracey Emin to name a few. Modern two is also home to the Keiller Library and a recreation of the original studio of Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi.
Our hugely popular cafés at Modern One and Modern Two serve tasty salads, soups and delicious hot dishes, while the garden terrace is a great place to enjoy coffee and cake with friends and there’s ice cream to keep the children happy too! Our fantastic shops stock a fantastic selection of art books, prints, posters, postcards, jewelry and children’s toys.
Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions
Open daily 10am-5pm.
Closed 25 and 26 December and open on 1 January from 12 noon
Artlink runs a service enabling people with disabilities resident in Edinburgh and the Lothians to visit arts venues in the city. To register, telephone 0131 229 3555. Please note that there is a waiting list for this service.