Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art houses the Modern and Contemporary national art collection. It comprises two buildings: Modern One and Modern Two.

Although both buildings are surrounded by lush green gardens, the lawn in front of the Modern One building is especially striking as it was re-landscaped in 2002 to make a curved mound with three pools of water.

Modern One

The Modern One is an imposing Renaissance building with artwork that dates from 1900 to the present day. It also houses special exhibitions.

Visitors will find specialized and temporary exhibitions on the first floor. The second floor features Russian and French paintings from the beginning of the twentieth century. It also houses Expressionist and Modern works of art by British artists, Scottish modern art and a few Cubist paintings. 

The Modern One building houses paintings by renowned painters such as Matisse, Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Modern Two

The Modern Two features Surrealist and Dadaist works of art (a protest movement with an anti-establishment manifesto). Some of the major artists include Picasso, Magritte, Miró and Dalí, as well as a reproduction of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's studio - one of post-war Britain's most influential sculptors and a pioneer of pop-art.

For those who love modern art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a little far from the city centre but this museum is a must-see for those who love modern art.

The Museum is not far from Water of Leith or Dean Village, so if you decide to visit either, you can take the opportunity to see the Scottish National Gallery, especially since the entrance is free.


Daily: 10 am – 5 pm


Free entry | Additional charge for some exhibitions


Bus: Gallery of Modern Art, 13.

Nearby places

Dean Village (585 m) Water of Leith (890 m) Georgian House (1.1 km) National War Museum (1.5 km) Princes Street Gardens (1.6 km)