Two women look at a recreation of the studio of artist Eduardo Paolozzi,© National Galleries of Scotland
© National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries Scotland: Modern

West End
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One site, two sculpture parks, two galleries and lots for you to discover.

A woman in the art gallery library,© National Galleries Scotland
  • A woman in the art gallery library,© National Galleries Scotland
    © National Galleries Scotland
  • Two women look at an exhibition in the gallery,© National Galleries Scotland
    © National Galleries Scotland
  • A man reads a leaflet while sitting in a gallery,© National Galleries Scotland
    © National Galleries Scotland
  • The exterior of the Modern Two building,© National Galleries Scotland/Keith Hunter
    © National Galleries Scotland/Keith Hunter
  • A woman walks on the landform sculpture at the Modern gallery
  • An older couple looking at an artwork in the gallery,© National Galleries Scotland
    © National Galleries Scotland
  • A group point to an artwork,© National Galleries Scotland
    © National Galleries Scotland


Take a leap forward at the Modern. You will find the many artworks on display to be playful, thought provoking and compelling. Weave your way through two exciting gallery spaces featuring leading artists' works which define the Modern era. Brace yourself for a sensory rollercoaster.

Modern One

Home to all things contemporary. Discover displays, shows and installations from the leading artists of today. Get ready for captivating, light-hearted and all-encompassing experiences. On arrival at Modern One you will be in awe of the striking land feature in front of the gallery designed by landscape architect Charles Jencks. Explore the grounds and discover further sculptural works by other major artists. Once you are done delving into the art on display both outdoors and in, you can re-energise at the wonderful Cafe Modern One, famous for its legendary scones.

Modern Two

The wacky and the wonderful. Modern Two’s collection of intriguing artworks shows the departure from traditional styles, in search of new forms and expressions emerging in the late 19th and early 20th century. Take a journey through experimentation, abstraction, and mind-bending creative explorations. Modern Two is located across the road from Modern One and sits atop its own expansive green space. The gallery building looks out over sculptural works by Dan Graham and Nathan Coley, which do more than just add to the stunning parkland scenery. Modern Two also benefits from housing restaurant Paolozzi’s Kitchen, named after the Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi. Dine beside Paolozzi’s gigantic Vulcan sculpture and treat yourself to fresh, seasonal Italian inspired dishes with a Scottish twist.

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Occasional paid exhibitions.


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On Public Transport Route

The Modern is serviced by Edinburgh Coach Lines Service 13 and is 15 minutes’ walk from Haymarket Station.

Electric Car charging

Modern One is equipped with two electric car charging points, trickle charge only (as opposed to fast charge).

Green Tourism

Green Tourism Gold


Accessible parking

Accessible parking or drop-off point

Accessible toilets

Changing Places toilets

Large print, braille or audio

Lift or stairlift

Ramp to main entrance

Wheelchair access throughout

Wheelchairs or mobility aids provided

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