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For such a small country Scotland has had a surprising influence on the world. At the Scottish National Portrait Gallery you'll find stunning portraits in various styles of some of the most... Read More
For such a small country Scotland has had a surprising influence on the world. At the Scottish National Portrait Gallery you'll find stunning portraits in various styles of some of the most influential Scots past and present. There are works by masters from Europe and America including Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Copley, Rodin and Ramsay. There is also a photography collection that offers a fascinating insight into the development of Scotland since the 1840s. You'll also find sculptures, miniatures, coins, medallions, drawings and watercolours. Entry is free though there are occasionally special exhibitions which charge an admission fee. There is also a cafe and a shop.
- Fri-Wed: 10am-5pm
- Thu: 10am-7pm
- Family-Friendly Museums: "The recently renovated Scottish National Portrait Gallery is an impressive building, both inside and out. It tends to attract fewer tourists than some of the more high profile attractions but it really shouldn't be missed. If you're overdosing on history then the contemporary entries here will be a welcome change."
- Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: Children will love following the clues to solve a historical mystery at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.