Edinburgh is known the world over for its vibrant festivals celebrating culture and the arts. Access to most Edinburgh galleries are free but some may charge for specific events or collections. For full details, visit the National Galleries website. Here’s a list of the best galleries in the city:
- DEAN GALLERY | 73 Belford Road, EH4 3DS Situated across the road from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Dean Gallery houses the Gallery of Modern Art’s extensive collection of Dada and Surrealism. In 1994, Edinburgh-born sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi offereda large body of his work to the National Galleries of Scotland. This collection of prints, drawings, plaster maquettes, moulds and the contents ofhis studio isnowhoused inthe Dean Gallery. The gallery also accommodates a remarkable library and archive of artists’ books, catalogues and manuscripts relating in particular to the Dada and Surrealist movement, but also to 20th century art as a whole.
- SCOTTISH GALLERY OF MODERN ART | 75 Belford Road, EH4 3DR 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. The Scottish National Gallery is the national art gallery of Scotland. It is located on The Mound in central Edinburgh, in a neoclassical building designed by William Henry Playfair, and first opened to the public in 1859. The gallery houses the Scottish national collection of fine art, including Scottish and international art from the beginning of the Renaissance up to the start of the 20th century.
- SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY | 1 Queen Street, EH2 JD The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is an art museum on Queen Street, Edinburgh. The gallery holds the national collections of portraits, all of which are of, but not necessarily by, Scots. In addition it also holds the Scottish National Photography Collection.
- THE FRUITMARKET GALLERY | 45 Market Street, EH1 1DF The Fruitmarket Gallery brings to Scotland the work of some of the world’s most important artists. We recognise that art can change lives and we offer an intimate encounter with art for free.