Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life

Explore the life and work of one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Our galleries

Our galleries

Scottish National Gallery

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh and home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Modern One

An outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art, including a centenary Joan Eardley display

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life

Explore the life and work of one of the most important artists of the 20th century at Modern Two.

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Booking recommended

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Come face to face with the people who shape Scotland’s past, present and future

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Families | Counted

Families | Counted

Families | Counted

In the year of Scotland's Census we are exploring who lives in Scotland today, who came before us and who will come after us. Join us to create your own Census family portrait. This exhibition - and workshop - is about celebrating who we are. What do we have in common, and what makes us unique? Explore the free exhibition and join us for an afternoon of making.

Get ready for some incredible art

Get ready for some incredible art

Join us across our four galleries for exhibitions that are sure to intrigue, fascinate and delight.

New Arrivals

A showcase of our most recent acquisitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 

Counted | Scotland's Census 2022

This exhibition is about celebrating who we are. What do we have in common, and what makes us unique?

Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life

The largest exhibition of the artist’s work since her death in 1975 featuring more than 120 works, lent from public and private collections.

Joan Eardley & Catterline

This celebratory two-room display marks 100 years since the birth of Eardley, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential painters of her generation.

You are Here 2022

This display, running throughout 2022, celebrates and shares recent and ongoing collaborative projects with partner organisations across the country. 

Beyond Realism | Dada and Surrealism

Explore some of the finest examples of Dada and Surrealist art, featuring works by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp and René Magritte.

Art in the Collection

Art in the Collection

Explore and search

Explore the online collection of artworks dating from the early Renaissance to the present day. 


Browse over a thousand highlighted artists from the collection in our artist A-Z.


Our art glossary provides context for the terminology used on our site. Explore over 100 terms and discover related artists and artworks

New acquisitions

The National Galleries of Scotland continues to acquire artworks that enhance and complement our collection.

Celebrating Queer Art

Explore LGBTQ+ artists with us as we delve into archives and collections to celebrate queer art. 

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What's new at the galleries

What's new at the galleries

Your Art World

Your Art World is an online community by and for 3-18 year olds: a place to think, wonder, create and share your art online. Find resources and open-ended challenges to inspire critical thinking, play and individual voice.

Who was...

Delve into the lives and exploits of some of Scotland’s most vibrant personalities and brilliant minds in this series of films.

Portrait Gallery gifts

Art-inspired gifts featuring favourite portraits and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery interior. 

Concerts online

Recorded in the splendour of our Rococo to Revolution gallery, harpist Sophie Rocks plays a set responding to the artworks on display.


Buy art-inspired gifts with 100% of profits supporting the work of the National Galleries of Scotland

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What we do

What we do

Community and access

We invite community and access groups to explore Scotland’s national art collection for free through guided or self-guided visits. These groups also gain free entry to all paying exhibitions.

About the National Galleries of Scotland

We care for, develop, research and display the national collection of Scottish and international art. We aim to engage and inspire through art.

Commercial services

We offer a wide range of commercial services including venue hire for events and filming, product wholesale, image licensing, corporate gifts and book sales.

Venue hire

The National Galleries of Scotland consists of three galleries in the very heart of Edinburgh, home to the Nation’s collection of art all available to hire for special events.