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National Gallery of Scotland

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

Edinburgh has a wealth of institutions serving the visual arts, but perhaps none is as grand as the National Gallery. Built by William Playfair in 1848, it...

The Mound
FreeMajor venue

Patriothall Gallery

Art

In 1988, Workshop & Artists Studio Provision Scotland (WASPS) turned a former Stockbridge bakery, hidden in a back lane off the main road, into a series of...

Patriothall Studios

Red Door

Art

Sandwiched into a narrow space on Victoria Street, this mini-gallery touts a selection of works by local designers, graphic artists, Lomographers and...

42 Victoria Street
Tags: Old Town

Royal Scottish Academy

Art, Attractions, Museums

This grand structure was completed in 1826 to the designs of William Playfair, but its exterior dates from eight years later, after Playfair was asked to...

The Mound
Free

Scottish Gallery

Art

The Scottish Gallery's rather drab name belies the merit of the work it houses. The lower floor is one of the best spots in town for contemporary ceramics;...

16 Dundas Street

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

Since 1984, Scotland's national collection of modern art has been housed in this neo-classical structure, designed by William Burn in the 1820s as an...

Belford Road
Free

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Art, Attractions

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery's collection takes in everything from historic figures (the mural in the foyer depicts key moments in the country's...

1 Queen Street
Free

Sleeper

Art

Running chiefly on word-of-mouth publicity, Sleeper is a wilfully under-promoted white cube found under the offices of Reiach & Hall Architects. After...

6 Darnaway Street

Stills

Art

The city's leading photography venue, Stills is important not only for its year-round programme of shows, but also for its on-site resources for...

23 Cockburn Street
Tags: Old Town

Talbot Rice Gallery

Art, Attractions

Situated off William Playfair's stately, grand Old Quad in Old College, the Talbot Rice Gallery is named after the Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art,...

Old College
Free