Art Museums/Galleries in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is home to a vast array of indoor art galleries and exhibition spaces, where you can marvel at contemporary and classical masterpieces.

The National Gallery of Scotland is housed in a striking neoclassical building situated at one end of the mound in the Princes Street Gardens. With works by Da Vinci and Van Gogh represented within the National Gallery of Scotland's collection this is an essential part of any tour to Edinburgh city.

Across from it sits the Royal Scottish Academy, which has a wide-ranging collection of art and associated objects, archives and published material that have been acquired since the academy's foundation in 1826. The core element of the collections is the Diploma Collection, which comprises a single work by each full member of the academy which he or she must deposit as a representation of his or her L'uvre.

Home to Scotland's outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Modern Art Galleries include the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the nearby Dean Gallery. Works from the Gallery's collection, plus special loans, are presented here. The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century, cubist paintings and superb holdings of expressionist and modern British art. Special highlights include paintings by Matisse and Picasso.

Generally accepted as Scotland's best gallery for contemporary art, the Fruitmarket should not be missed. It was converted into a museum by architect Richard Murphy in 1992 and is conveniently located in the centre of town adjacent to Waverley Station. Visiting exhibits come from far and wide, with a healthy presence of Scottish artists. The Fruitmarket regularly showcases new talent, with regular talks and events.

National Gallery of Scotland

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The Mound
The Mound

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Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Belford Road

Scotland's modern art collection... read more

Dean Gallery (The)

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73 Belford Road

Surreal experience... read more

City Art Centre

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2 Market Street

Mainstream art... read more

National Portrait Gallery

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1 Queen St

History, art and photography... read more

Royal Museum

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Chambers Street

Victorian display... read more

Fruitmarket Gallery

45 Market St

The best art in Scotland... read more

Edinburgh College of Art

Lauriston Place

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