Venue DescriptionThe Scottish National Gallery is situated in the heart of Edinburgh and is one of Scotland’s top free visitor attractions. It is made up of three interconnected buildings: The Gallery is home to the national collection of fine art from the early Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century, including masterpieces by Raphael, Rubens, Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin, and also covers the history of Scottish painting with Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and many other major artists well represented; the Academy is one of Europe’s premier venues for international exhibitions.
During the construction work being undertaken as part of the Scottish National Gallery Project, there have been some changes to the building which affect access and facilities. The drop off point and disabled parking bays on the mound are currently not in operation. There is currently no lift to some upper galleries - rooms 14, 17 and 18 where we show 18th, 19th and early 20th Century art. Virtual tours are available on our website in the accessibility section. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank visitors for bearing with us while we create exciting spaces for our Scottish art collection and a larger and more accessible lift.
Accessibility Guide Link: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/accessibility
We offer a range of regularly scheduled events for visitors with specific access needs: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/whats-on Community and access groups are invited to book free guided or self-guided visits all year round: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/group-visits
There are accessible toilets on the ground floor of the Scottish National Gallery, the rear entrance of the Royal Scottish Academy and at the main entrance via the gardens.
Most staff have received equalities awareness training, dementia awareness training, visual impairment awareness training, deaf awareness training and BSL training.
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Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome. Water bowls for assistance dogs are available. Please ask front of house staff or cafe staff for assistance.
The venue says it has...
- Audio Described
- Accessible Format
- Carer Discount
- Dedicated Seating
- Disabled Access
- Online Booking
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