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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
+44 131 624 6200
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The art starts before you enter the gate, with a Gormley man seemingly rising through the pavement, then you walk past (and over if you wish) the magnificent Landform (created by Charles Jencks in 2002) which occupies most of the grounds - then you see...More

Thank Laurie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice free exhibition. For a national gallery it is no very big so an hour or hour and a half should be more than enough for a visit. The cafe area is nice, but some of the staff were not too friendly.

Thank Sanita L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quite interesting, especially the school children's competition entries. The first two galleries we can across were devoted to a competition for local school children ~ sublime, hope it's a sign that there are some budding Margret MacDonald or William Burns out there ?

Thank lostintransportation
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

This is the first of two adjacent sites for the Scottish National Museum of Modern Art both set in early nineteenth century neo-classical buildings either side of the Belford Road to the west of the city centre. The first floor houses an impressive 20th century...More

1  Thank futtock21
Reviewed 18 August 2017

The first thing which struck us was the huge, and I mean huge, earthwork - sculptural artwork - occupying the major part of the park in front of the gallery. Amazing. Followed soon after by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miro, Tracey Emin and Anthony...More

Thank Ian K
Reviewed 13 August 2017

I enjoyed the Modern Art Gallery much more than the Modern Art Two. On display when I visited in August 2017 were Ed Ruscha, R. B Kitaj and Lichtenstein paintings among other well-known contemporary artists. I particularly liked the Nathan Coley installation, Louise Hopkins' and...More

Thank Fi L
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

I have been here very many times. The Museum of Modern Art in Edinburgh is on my highly personal list of the top ten arty places I try to experience more than once a year. I was particularly interested in the Tesco Bank Sponsored Young...More

Thank Angus E
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Close to the reception there are a number of terrific works by Nathan Coley. His 286 cardboard models of Places of Worship portray every listing of such in the 2004 Edinburgh Yellow Pages. Nearby is his Tate Modern on Fire. We saw an extensive collection...More

Thank permia
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This gallery is in a beautiful setting in parkland. There are 2 parts to the collection housed in 2 buildings so you need to make sure that you visit both.

Thank JHReading
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Nice collection of Modern Art. Wasn't really my thing but it's great that they offer free admittance (donations appreciated).

Thank GlobalPhotographer68
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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Anne H
27 May 2015|
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
22 March 2015|
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