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
- 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located fifteen minutes’ walk from Princes Street and set in beautiful parkland.
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.
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.
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
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
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