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The National Galleries of Scotland looks after one of the world's finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. These holdings include the National Collection of Scottish art which we are proud to display in an international context.

We care for, research and develop these collections and we aim to share these works of art with as wide a public as possible. Every year we welcome over a million visitors from Scotland and the rest of the world to our various Galleries sited in Edinburgh.

We have active programmes of education, outreach and special exhibitions and where possible we work with partners across Scotland to maximise the impact of our activities.

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Opening hours

Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm.

Admission charges


Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
painting of cove with bright blue sea

Arthur Melville

  • 10 October 2015 — 17 January 2016 *on now

This landmark exhibition is the first for over 35 years devoted to the extraordinary art of Arthur Melville.

Melville (1855-1904) was the most innovative and radical Scottish artist of his generation and one of the finest British watercolour painters of the 19th century. The stained-glass intensity of his palette, his fascination with effects of brilliant light and his boldly dramatic compositions had a revolutionary impact on watercolour as an art form.

Melville was born at Loanhead-of-Guthrie, Forfarshire, and raised in East Linton. He spent much of his life travelling around the world, including time spent in France, Spain, Egypt, Morocco, Baghdad, Karachi and Constantinople. His travels inspired spectacular watercolours and paintings; in particular, his stunning Spanish pictures such as The Sapphire Sea will form a major part of this show. When not travelling, Melville was based in Edinburgh, although he became a close associate of the Glasgow Boys.

This exhibition will offer a comprehensive survey of Melville's rich and varied career as artist-adventurer, Orientalist, fore-runner of the Glasgow Boys, painter of modern life and re-interpreter of the landscape of Scotland.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly




etching and drypoint image of a Scottish mountain with pond in foreground

The Spirit of Line | D.Y. Cameron at 150

  • 24 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now

Sir David Young Cameron (1865-1945) is celebrated as one of Scotland's most gifted and influential printmakers.

During his career he produced over five hundred plates, with subjects ranging from intimate renderings of architectural details to dramatic views of the Scottish Highlands. His prints are known for their subtle tonal contrasts and bold compositions, with a wonderful economy of line.

This exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of Cameron's birth, and shows a selection of prints and watercolours from the Gallery's extensive collection of his work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Bags of Art and Cart

Bags of Art and Art Cart enables young visitors and their families to explore the diverse range of art on show. It is loaded with an exciting variety of art materials and specially-designed creative activities. Trained educators are also on hand to help young visitors with enquiries.

How to obtain

Drop in to the National Gallery's self-led art activities to explore the Art Cart. Contact or 0131 6246410 for more details.

Saturday Art Club

Saturday Art Club consists of four-week courses, each led by a different artist, and linked to a particular exhibition, theme, display or artwork. Sessions are led by practising artists, providing continuity between courses for the participants. Saturday Art Club currently runs from September to April each year. There are two classes: 10.00-12.00 for 5-7 year olds and 13.30-15.30 for 8-11 year olds. A maximum of fifteen participants in each group is maintained to ensure a high-quality experience.

How to obtain

To book contact the gallery on or 0131 6246410. Also note that the host gallery of Saturday Art Club does move between the various National Galleries of Scotland venues.

Saturday Studio

Saturday Studio is devised with and for young people aged 11-15 years. The courses take place in four-week blocks on Saturday afternoons from 13.30-16.30. Saturday Studio currently runs from September to April each year. There is a maximum of fifteen participants to ensure a quality experience. Saturday Studio began in September 2004, developing out of Saturday Art Club. As a particular group of young people reached the 11 year old cut-off, they wanted to continue attending courses at the Galleries. They themselves were involved in planning the format, timing and content of Saturday Studio. Such consultation with participants continues by meetings and letters.

How to obtain

Booking ahead is essential and can be done by contacting or calling 0131 6246410. Also note that Saturday Studio does move between the various National Galleries of Scotland venues, depending on the course so do check in advance.

Scottish National Gallery
Fine Art
The Mound




0131 624 6200


0131 343 3250

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