Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Comprised of two adjacent buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, the gallery is home to Scotland's outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art. 

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
  • Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located fifteen minutes’ walk from Princes Street and set in beautiful parkland.

Address: 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Galleries & grounds

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) is housed in a neo-classical building, which was designed by William Burn in 1825. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) was originally built in 1833 was converted into a Gallery in order to show the Gallery of Modern Art’s extensive collection of Dada and Surrealist art and work by the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi. 

Modern One 

Modern Two

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. The lawn at the front of the building was landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks and is home to a fantastic sculpture park. Pig Rock Bothy is also on the Modern One grounds and was designed for a changing programme of performances, discussions, residencies and events.  

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two was originally built in 1833 was converted into a Gallery in order to show the Gallery of Modern Art’s extensive collection of Dada and Surrealist art and work by the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi. The main floor of Modern Two houses the Paolozzi studio which provides insight into the artist's ideas. Along the corridor you can also find the Keiller library which holds the special books collection. 

Modern One

Modern One houses contemporary and modern art by Joan Miro, Martin Creed, Rachel Whiteread, Barbara Hepworth, Tracey Emin, Tony Cragg and many more.

Modern Two

Modern Two houses contemporary and modern art by Eduardo Paolozzi, Joan Eardley, Salvador Dali, Lee MillerDesmond Morris, Max Ernst, Nathan Coley and many more.

Sculpture can be found both on the ground and in gallery. 

Pig Rock Bothy

The architecture and proportions of the bothy space provide the chance for artists to work in a completely new way and it allows audiences to experience art in a truly unique setting.

Paolozzi studio

Paolozzi was interested in a number of themes and by seeing his studio you can get an idea of the ways he worked and the inspiration he drew from the world around him.

Keiller library

The Gabrielle Keiller Library at Modern Two was specially designed to house over 2,500 artist books and limited-edition livres d’artiste covering the period from 1897 to present day.

Accessibility & facilities

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Large print braille
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • On-site parking (£2)
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Floor plans

Below are the floor plans for both Modern One and Modern two.

Research

The Modern Two gallery houses a collection of prints, archives, and books from the mid-20th century to the present day.

Cafés & restaurants

Café Modern One

Opening times Open Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm, weekends from 10am. 0131 332 8600

Café Modern One is the perfect location for a spot of al fresco dining. Our garden terrace is a great place to enjoy one of our tasty salads, a deli filled sandwich or one of our delicious hot dishes. Join friends for a lazy lunch with a glass of wine or have a quick catch up with coffee.

Café Modern Two

Opening times Open daily from 10am-4.30pm 0131 624 6273

The more intimate Café Modern Two offers table service and a seasonally changing lunch menu which includes soups and light main meals, all cooked on the premises, as well as antipasti platters and filled focaccias and baguettes.

A luxurious afternoon tea for two at Café Modern Two costs only £30

Book a table

Shops

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has two shops, one at Modern One and one at Modern Two, each with a wonderful selection of art books, unusual gifts and a great range of postcards featuring works from the Collection. With contemporary homewares, limited edition jewellery, beautiful stationery and inspiring designs on everyday items, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift.

Please also visit our online shop