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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)

73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS, 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. On permanent display is a fascinating recreation of Eduard Paolozzi's studio, as well as his 7.3M tall sculpture, Vulcan, that dominates the cafe. Also in Modern Two is The Stairwell Project, a large-scale, permanent work by 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright.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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73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS, Scotland
Stockbridge & Dean Village
+44 131 624 6200
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I came for the day (Travelled by Virgin East Coast, a marvellous train journey in itself ,check it out ! ) to see the Joan Eardley exhibition which was great. want to return to see the permanent exhibition and the intriguing sculpture...More

Thank barbwhite258
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went for the Joan Eardley exhibit, now closed, I think. Like many museum-goers today, we tend to follow special exhibits and then enjoy the permanent collection as well. Since we are not very familiar with Scottish modernism (other nationalities represented as well), these galleries...More

Thank Nancy2005
Reviewed 19 May 2017

There is a whole host of art (depending on your definition) in here. There was plenty to like, quite a lot to baffle and plenty of intrigue. I am sure most regular visitors have a chuckle or two on leaving. The room of 365 shopping...More

Thank HHH666Y
Reviewed 19 May 2017

We flew from South Wales to Edinburgh for the day just to see the Joan Eardley Exhibition and it was brilliant. The Edinburgh galleries - all of them - must be some of the best in the UK. Great paintings; great cafe and shop. Helpful...More

Thank Beezle47
Reviewed 17 May 2017

One can walk to the museum from the city centre and the building is beautifully situated next to an impressive cemetery and arboretum. The Dean Gallery annexe is mostly dedicated to Scots artist Joan Eardley, and I must be candid, her work underwhelmed. In fact...More

Thank PerryFrastic
Reviewed 12 May 2017

We walked to the gallery from our hotel although it did look like some buses might also go past. The gallery itself is interesting and free of charge for the static collection. There is an additional charge for the seasonal temporary exhibition.

Thank Kevin H
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Easily accessible on foot if you like walking around Edinburgh but buses, including a shuttle bus from the Mound also on hand. Staff were helpful and shop has good quality goods on offer. This exhibition was stunning but getting around it was a bit convoluted!...More

Thank Faith B
Reviewed 3 May 2017

A must see for anyone interested in contemporary art practice. God cafe, good shop, good building fronted by sculpture of note. That includes Moore, Hepworth, etc and Charles Jencks' land art.

Thank Lynn B
Reviewed 30 April 2017

The gallery is a great place to get a feel of current trends in contemporary art in Scotland, and contemporary art is a matter of taste. If you find it too thread bare and don't have a real interest in it, you're much better off...More

2  Thank Naima R
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Loved the exhibition but was really disappointed at the lacklustre welcome on arrival. A girl with died red hair was deadpan and less than pleased to see visitors! Our friends, Art CRd holders, had only one of their cards - but she was adamant she...More

Thank hamilc01
Stockbridge & Dean Village
Just downhill of New Town and attractively straddling
a river near the elegant Royal Botanic Garden, it’s
small wonder that Stockbridge became one of the city’s
first hip neighbourhoods. It’s now one of Edinburgh’s
most desirable, though many bohemian touches have
fallen away as its residents have matured and the area
has gentrified. Some second-hand shops cling on, but
mostly residents display refined tastes in basement
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Barb S
Do I need a ticket in advance, a sits been on for a while? And what bus do I get back to the centre? Thanks
30 April 2017|
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Response from Barb S |
Thanks . Waverley station
what bus from Waverley station to get to the gallery please?
15 May 2015|
Response from NationalGalleries | Property representative |
You can get the Gallery bus from the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound (only a few minutes’ walk from Waverley Station) to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art for £1. Staff at the Scottish National Gallery will... More