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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

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Address: 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and...

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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Modern 1 & 2

We recently visited both galleries during the Easter Break. There is plenty of parking on site and it is very well priced (£2 for the day). There is plenty to see and lots... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently visited both galleries during the Easter Break. There is plenty of parking on site and it is very well priced (£2 for the day). There is plenty to see and lots on offer to catch most peoples interest. From some well known to some not as well known artists. Whilst myself and my wife enjoyed our visit our... More 

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UK
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff were incredibly welcoming the building interesting and the art well displayed. We went particularly to view their collection of 20th century masters, in that we were disappointed. While there were some Picasso, Matisse Vuillard pieces there were no masterpieces. For a national gallery that was disappointing, particularly when I compare with Prague, London and Paris. It was pleasant... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is where the main permanent collection of the Gallery of Modern Art is displayed. There a number of outstanding works on display by Kirchner, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Matisse, Bacon, etc. While it may not have the largest collection of works by these artists it is of high quality and makes it worth the visit. The grounds are well landscaped and... More 

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This impressive museum contains some gems by modern artists such as Warhol. It's well worth a visit. Best to use the Museum minibus linking the National Gallery on The Mound, the National Portrait Gallery and the 2 Modern Art galleries, as the latter are off the beaten tourist track.

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Thank Netsmith
Weybridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely setting with Miro, Moor and Gormley sculptures outside. Inside Riley Warhol and Lichtenstein were well worth the trip. Recommend a walk along the Water of Leith too.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A small but good collection; Bridget Reilly work was great and it was wonderful to see a Mondrian piece up close. Bit out of the way but worth the visit.

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Thank Adam M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

After many years passing this Gallery we went in,and could understand why we had never come before.The grounds are lovely with a grass sculpture and lots to look at.We enjoyed walking round looking at the art some not to our taste but a worth while experience . Make sure you visit the cafe ,homemade fare and good coffee.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

You wouldn't no it from looking at it but inside are many wonderful paint from Picasso to more contemporary artists the upstairs walls are filled with great art. Downstairs the temporary exhibitions are constantly changing so look ahead to see what is on, or isn't. Outside is extraordinary with many wonderful sculpture and a lake with moulded grounds that you... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is worth a visit just for the beautiful buildings and splendid gardens. However, for any art lover, it is a must as the exhibits are well presented and staff are more than willing to provide help and guidance. Recommended for locals and visitors alike.

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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Always a pleasure to visit this gallery. The visiting exhibition was not to my taste. #BlackandSuga Had a very good coffee and cake, cherry slice in the gallery cafe.

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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 bistros, gastropubs, coffee and antique shops, boutiques and delis and at the Sunday farmers' market. A pleasant ten-minute walk away, along a leafy riverside path beside the gurgling Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. This sleepy neighborhood of medieval half-timbered houses still retains much of the village feel it had when watermills plied their trade here. Beyond, the wooded riverside path feels even more remote as it climbs to the sculpture gardens of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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