Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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Gaze upon the faces of the aristocracy at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where visages from Scotland's nobility are preserved in paint. In fact, all the paintings in the gallery depict Scots. Two portraits of Mary Queen of Scots were painted after her death. The Gothic revival building also houses the Scottish National Photography Collection, which stands in stark contrast to the royal portraiture. Seek out photographs of the slums of Glasgow in the 19th century, which depict the deplorable living conditions of the poor. Add Scottish National Portrait Gallery to your Edinburgh travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Edinburgh road trip planning tool.
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  • we spent 1.5 hours in this magnificent and popular gallery. from portraits of well known figures to unknown patient who received care were displayed. we could sense their feelings from the artists... 
    we spent 1.5 hours in this magnificent and popular gallery. from portraits of well known figures to unknown patient who received care were displayed. we could sense their feelings from the artists...  more »
  • That great hall though, be sure to pay special attention to the walls on the upper floor, the paintings are just incredible! What a stunning building, a really well layed out collection, the staff... 
    That great hall though, be sure to pay special attention to the walls on the upper floor, the paintings are just incredible! What a stunning building, a really well layed out collection, the staff...  more »
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  • Amazing building is worth a visit in itself. Conveniently located in the city centre. The permanent collection is good and there are always interesting exhibitions on. Some are pay to enter, most are free. If you visit a lot, I recommend looking into becoming a Friend of the National Galleries of Scotland, for free entry to the paid exhibitions, and other benefits. Visit the library and look at curious exhibits relating to the Edinburgh Phrenological Society! Large cafe with impressive selection of salads, soups, sandwiches and called, including gluten free cakes. Portraits of contemporary and recent Scottish celebrities (writers, actors, and so on) are on the cafe walls.
  • Really enjoyed walking around here. There was so much art work walk stand and admire. Probably some of the largest sized paintings I have ever seen. Nice little gift shop inside as well with various things for sale. All staff were very helpful and friendly.

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