National Galleries of Scotland: Portrait

Verified 1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD Location

Located in Edinburgh on 1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, the National Galleries of Scotland: Portrait is an art gallery and museum that offers a fascinating collection of portraits from various eras. The stunning architecture of the hall adds to the overall experience. Visitors can explore sections dedicated to modern art and the heroes of Scotland. The gallery is a must-visit, especially for those interested in Scottish history and culture. Families with children will also find a special room downstairs where kids can draw and leave their artwork for display. With free admission, it is a great option for an enjoyable outing in Edinburgh.

📍 Location

ℹ️ About

Name National Galleries of Scotland: Portrait
City Edinburgh
Website https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-portrait-gallery
Phone +44 131 624 6200

🙋‍♂️ Frequently asked questions about National Galleries of Scotland: Portrait

What is the contact phone number for the Art gallery?

The contact phone number for National Galleries of Scotland: Portrait is +44 131 624 6200

What are today's opening hours?

Today Thursday, the opening hours for National Galleries of Scotland: Portrait are 10 am–5 pm and it is currently closed. Here are the opening hours for the entire week.

What is the street where National Galleries of Scotland: Portrait is located?

This Art gallery is located at 1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD.

What services does this Art gallery offer?

Art gallery, Art museum, Tourist attraction

Is it open on Saturdays?

It's opened on Saturdays from 10 am–5 pm.

Is it open on Sundays?

It's opened on Sundays from 10 am–5 pm.

🕓 Opening Hours

Today, Thursday, May 30, 2024, the opening hours for the Art gallery are 10 am–5 pm

Monday 10 am–5 pm
Tuesday 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Friday 10 am–5 pm
Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Sunday 10 am–5 pm

👍👎 Reviews

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We visited the gallery in September, and thought it was fabulous, and the staff were terrific. The hall is gorgeous. We didn't have enough time to see all of it but did visit the Modern Art and the Heroes of Scotland sections. Well worth the visit!! Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

david swift

7 months ago


Somewhere free to go in Edinburgh. Kids thoroughly enjoyed it. The architecture is amazing inside. There is also a room downstairs near reception for kids to draw and leave their art for display. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

lee leung (Frecklee)

7 months ago


Mr. Hume who looks like Moon Se-yoon... hahaIt was fascinating to see people in the picture that I had only seen in books.It was a useful time.

joohee kim

7 months ago


A beautiful museum with impressive portraits from many eras...it's best to visit first thing in the morning at 10 a.m. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Carmen Boetzkes

7 months ago


Good place to visit for free and getting a look at the art pieces Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait … More

Marzia Mahzabin

7 months ago


It’s a pity, of course, that I know little about prominent Scottish figures, but the building where their portraits are located is wonderful Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Alna Ale

7 months ago


Großartig, überwältigend, beeindruckend.Dieses wunderschöne Museum sollte man auf jeden Fall besichtigt haben.Schon die beeindruckende Eingangshalle ist überwältigend. Eine großartige und sehr beeindruckend Ausstellung ????, in der man sich Stunden lang aufhalten kann.Das Scottish National Museum sollte man auf jeden Fall bei einem Edinburgh Besuch einplanen. Ein Besuch ist im übrigen kostenlos ????⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Ulf Zimmermann

7 months ago


Absolutely love this place for ask that it holds and the amazing food Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Sylvia Dow

7 months ago


Beautiful space, very well curated, great history lesson and fabulous contemporary portraits too. Lighting in some areas inhibits viewing of portraits. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait … More

sally amazon

7 months ago


Great pictures. Must visit. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Göktuğ YILMAZ

7 months ago


The building & museum collections are absolutely beautiful. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Dety Pratidina

7 months ago


A brilliant collection of portraits, sculptures and photographs. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait … More

Namrata Mujumdar

7 months ago


Nice gallery, free entry Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Sylva Vankova

7 months ago


very nice place for free access!only regret: going there too late in the day so as not to take full advantage of the gallery before it closed

Tanguy Lucci

7 months ago


Lovely looking place to visit and you will have a great time.

Hugh Mcavoy

7 months ago


Beautiful gallery Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait … More

Marcela Malichova

5 months ago


Free entry, nice muzeum.. really recomend to visit. There is restaurant, i got tomato soup with home bread and it was delicius. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

P J

5 months ago


free, very beautiful inside!!!!! worth it Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Bella Copeman

5 months ago


Great collection of modern and historic portraits. No advance tickets required, small donation of £5 suggested at door - can pay with contactless. Also be sure to have a £1 coin if you want to use the available storage lockers. Helpful staff ready to answer any questions. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Beau Harper

5 months ago


Didn’t expect to enjoy this so much. A fantastic range of portraits. The top floor was a lot of aristocracy and royalty which were very interesting, the middle floor more contemporary. The cafe served a surprisingly excellent range of hot and cold food with an extensive and classy menu. A great free of charge attraction for a rainy day in Edinburgh.

Georgia P

5 months ago


The portraits section of the National Galleries of Scotland is situated in a beautiful neo-Gothic building at the eastern end of Queen Street. It is free to enter and definitely worth a visit. The portraits on the top floor give a good summary of Scottish history through those that made it, while on the lower floor there are portraits of contemporary Scots (including Billy Connolly, Ivor Cutler and that of Nicola Benedetti which won the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year award in 2021 - all pictures attached here)

David Weatherley

5 months ago


Worth seeing for building alone! Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Richard Apted

5 months ago


Impressive!!! Great facilities. Visited on Weekday Wait time 1 hr+ Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Maria Utrera

5 months ago


As always a delightful visit , I never tire of visiting ,always learn something new I've missed before ???? Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

arthur morrison

5 months ago


Great as always Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Eduardo Fernandez

5 months ago


Magnificent. Wonderful thought provoking exhibitions Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Edward Lowy

5 months ago


The Scottish art exhibition was fantastic. Some unexpected pieces in this gallery Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Jennifer Morrison

5 months ago


Must visit for history enthusiasts. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Timi Sokka

5 months ago


Good cafe space for music as well as food .. wonderful acoustic in the Great Hall. Shop back in place Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

anne johnson

5 months ago


It's free entry and I stumbled upon the portrait gallery by chance on a rainy Sunday and dried off in the cafe which has a delicious salted caramel slice and good coffee. Staff were friendly throughout the gallery and it's a beautiful building full of a wide range of subject matter. Well wort a visit!! Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Adam

6 months ago


Well worth a visit.

John Mackenzie

3 months ago


Very nice experience. I will be back Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

john mcewan

3 months ago


Always nice to visit. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait … More

Boris Habric

3 months ago


Lovely people and quite a large exposition! Totally worth it. Free entrance! Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait … More

Vanessa Fernandes

3 months ago


If you an art lover - one of the galleries must see in Edinburgh. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Nadiia Lutsenko

3 months ago


Such a wonderful museum, witnessing art at its finest. The architecture, the painting, the sculpture... everything was amazing. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait … More

Wassim Khalfallah

3 months ago


Fantastic collection, a haven of tranquility on the middle of town, and a great cafe. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait … More

Chris M

3 months ago


Free museum. Beautiful gallery representing Scottish kings and historical figures

Crea lyne

3 months ago


The impression paintings here are really impressive, especially the painting of the dining table, which is weird and has its own hidden agenda.

Je ming 振銘

3 months ago


Wonderful gallery Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Zac 16

3 months ago


Portraits and sculptures of many famous Scottish figures, including Mary of Scots and Queen Victoria, are on display. Modern portraits are also very colorful and fun. The interior space is also very beautiful!!

yubin kwon

3 months ago


Free to enter. Has 2 floors. Nice walk from the city centre to this gallery. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Zinat Zaman Afrin

3 months ago


Free, the hall is impressive!!The Busts have tremendous sculptural quality

Carlos Sos Ruiz

3 months ago


Wow! So incredible that the National Galleries are free! The portrait one has been my favourite so far. The audio tour you can play for free on your phone and it provides an easy way to understand the portraits better. Loved the photography exhibition there at the moment till march I think. Cafe downstairs and a little shop to buy souvenirs. Great history and also modern works which is refreshing. Would recommend to anyone to visit, an amazing and free day out :D

Zena Jackson

3 months ago


A remarkable collection of portraits with comprehensive commentary to explain how they fit into Scotland's history Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Alan Harland

14 days ago


Interesting museum of portraits from different periods. Free pass. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait … More

Marta Rodríguez

14 days ago


A must see Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Wade Dickson

20 days ago


Brilliant as ever Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Evelyn Mullen

20 days ago


This building is a must visit. The hall is wonderfully decorated and makes an amazing impression. Of course, the works of art collected here are wonderful and worth recommending. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Katarzyna Kowalczyk

20 days ago


such a beautiful building! amazing portraits and busts, especially of previous monarchs Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Hannah Trub

20 days ago


Magnificent, huge gallery which is well worth the visit and what's more it's free, we're happy to make a donation because it's well worth it Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

catherine cliet

20 days ago


Small museum housing portraits of Scottish figures. 1st floor for modern portraits and second floor for historic ones. I recommend skipping directly to the second floor to view the historic portraits since it's more beautiful than modern portraits. No ticket, free entrance. Average an hour to view everything. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Mohammad Alanzi

20 days ago


Free entry. A very well kept collection of items and pictures. Of most interest was the library with plaster masks of numerous famous figures.

JD McQueen

27 days ago


Great visit and little cafe. An interesting way to discover Scottish history through portraits.The coffee is nice.

Manon Plagnol

27 days ago


Second visit here in the last 12 months. I personally prefer the contemporary stuff, but there's something for everyone here, highly recommend it. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Evil Monkey

27 days ago


Great galleries

N Asari

27 days ago


Stunning historical building full of very interesting heroes of Scottish history. Well laid out and interesting to walk around. I enjoyed the modern portraits too. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Wei Hoang

27 days ago


A lovely gallery, very interesting lots to see, only losing a point because the lift was out of order when I was there. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait … More

Louise Arnott

27 days ago


Well worth a visit .

Douglas Craig

27 days ago

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