Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD
  • Telephone 0131 624 6200
  • Opening times 10am–5pm.
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  • Website www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/…
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Photo: Lisa Flemming © National Galleries of Scotland

One of the most magnificent buildings in the entire city, modelled on the Doges Palace in Venice, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery has an impressive Gothic red sandstone façade designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. As well as classical subjects such as Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, the gallery is home to more contemporary Scottish portraits, such as those of Sean Connery (by John Bellany), Robbie Coltrane and Tilda Swinton (both John Byrne, whose self-portrait is also at the gallery). In 2009, the gallery was closed for the first major refurbishment in its 120-year history, re-opening to great acclaim in late 2011.

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British Sign Language (BSL) tour: Counted: Scotland's Census 2022

Join us for a free Deaf-led tour in British Sign Language at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 2022 is the year of Scotland’s census. Inspired by the idea of identity, in this tour we will explore this fascinating exhibition of photography featuring images from the nineteenth century right up to the present day. Led…

Sat 13 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 624 6200

Counted: Scotland's Census 2022

This exhibition is about celebrating who we are. What do we have in common, and what makes us unique? In the year of Scotland’s Census we are exploring who lives in Scotland today, who came before us and who will come after us. Inspired by the questions asked in the census, Counted: Scotland’s Census 2022 considers the…

Sun 3 Jul

Free / 0131 624 6200

Mon 4 Jul

Free / 0131 624 6200

Tue 5 Jul

Free / 0131 624 6200

…and 82 more dates until 25 Sep

Gallery Social (dementia-friendly) Live in-gallery: Counted: Scotland's Census 2022

2022 is the year of Scotland’s census. Inspired by the idea of identity, come and explore this fascinating exhibition of photography featuring images from the nineteenth century right up to the present day. Who lives in Scotland today, who came before us and who will come after us? This session will be a relaxed and…

Fri 22 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 624 6200

Gallery Social Live in-gallery: Counted: Scotland's Census 2022

2022 is the year of Scotland’s census. Inspired by the idea of identity, come and explore this fascinating exhibition of photography featuring images from the nineteenth century right up to the present day. Who lives in Scotland today, who came before us and who will come after us? This session will be a relaxed and…

Fri 22 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 624 6200

Late-Night Tropical Cabaret

Paradise Palms, Fruit Salad, Pollyanna, Fungasm Gameshow, Shoot Your Shot Paradise Palms' infamous buffet of raucous cabaret and queer performance alongside comedy, spoken word and the darn-right ridiculous. Scooped up together amongst a backdrop of cocktails, neon lights and red velvet right in the heart of Fringe-land…

Sun 7 Aug

0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 8 Aug

0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 9 Aug

0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 14 more dates until 29 Aug

Visually Impaired Programme Live in-gallery: You are Here 2022

Join us for a free descriptive gallery tour exploring art through audio-description and conversation, followed by a practical workshop for visually impaired visitors. In this session we will explore an exhibition that celebrates collaborative projects between the National Galleries of Scotland and partner organisations…

Wed 20 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 624 6200

You are Here 2022

This display, running throughout 2022, celebrates and shares recent and ongoing collaborative projects between the National Galleries of Scotland and partner organisations across the country. They include place-based initiatives with groups of young people in former mining towns, and life-affirming public art schemes in…

Sun 3 Jul

Free / 0131 624 6200

Mon 4 Jul

Free / 0131 624 6200

Tue 5 Jul

Free / 0131 624 6200

…and 185 more dates until 8 Jan 2023