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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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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.Set in beautiful parkland close to the Water of Leith you can explore sculpture by major artists such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth, and discover the dramatic lawn at the front of the building, designed by landscape architect, Charles Jencks.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.
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75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, Scotland
Stockbridge & Dean Village
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Took a taxi to get there (but walked back). Gorgeous location, with art museums acroos from one another. I learned a lot about Scottish contemporary art here. Well worth the trip for me, personally. Nice walk back into the center of town, as well. Recommend...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thankfully this was free. Maybe my taxes fund it? Some of the paintings were technically clever but I was only mildly engaged by only one piece. While art is personal, both my wife and I left 80% of the galleries (rooms) within a few seconds....More

Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really great building and the contents superb. Cant understand why I havent found this gallery before. Loved the exhibits but in art and the changes in the gallery this is of course personal. Well laid out and easy to navigate. The cafe terrific and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If one needs a quick canter through some of the best artists of the modern genre, you would do a good deal worse than spending an afternoon here: the curation is very well done. There are pieces by Bridget Riley, Tracey Emin, Lucien Freud, Chris...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The standout display at the moment for me is the work of Raqib Shaw. Although a bit 'dark' spiritually, technically the use of very glossy enamel paint in tremendous detail is perfect and stunning and like nothing most casual gallery visitors will see - worth...More

Thank simono1958
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Very good building and setting to spend a couple of hours. However Modern Art Two has better exhibits but it is worth visiting both as the are so close together.

Thank Gordon R
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

This is such an enjoyable place to visit, set in green surroundings with interesting natural sculptures. It has lockers and good loos plus a really nice cafe where you can sit inside or out. The food here was very good and reasonable. There were modern...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Nice jaunt from the city centre on 'shank's pony'...worth the wander through Deans Village on way there or way back via Leith Water. Disappointed the exhibition in Gallery 2 was at a cost. But gallery 1 had some great stuff of all variety of media....More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018

A lovely building in a really ice setting. Depends on your taste if you would you like to visit or not. I liked some but other works not so much. Nice cafe.

Thank Taxidevil
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

One of the two modern art galleries across the road from each other. Intended to visit Modern Two but stopped here first. Intriguing exhibition by Jenny Savage. Should always look this gallery up when in Edinburgh. Can get minibus from Scottish National Gallery to here...More

Thank nanplusdan
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Anne H
26 May 2015|
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Response from NationalGalleries | Property representative |
Dear Anne Admission to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is free. At Modern One we are currently showing ARTIST ROOMS Roy Lichtenstein, REFLECTIONS: A series of changing displays of Contemporary Art and 20th... More
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cultureseeker_11
22 March 2015|
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Response from NationalGalleries | Property representative |
Hello, Apologies for the delay in replying. The Scottish National Gallery on the Mound is a short walk from the museum. Once at the Scottish National Gallery you can get the Gallery bus to Modern One - it costs £1 and... More
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