Museums & Galleries

What to do in edinburgh - galleries and museumsThe Museum of Scotland

Take a journey in time through the Museum of Scotland to experience the variety and richness of Scotland’s long and vibrant history.
A history of remarkable people and remarkable events, brought to life by the fascinating stories each object and every gallery has to tell. The new Museum of Scotland is an extraordinary source of information and inspiration. For everyone who wants to re-discover the real Scotland, its rich inheritanceand exciting history, the Museum of Scotland is the essential place to start.
Monday to Saturday lOam to 5pm; Tuesday lOam to 8pm; Sunday 12noon to 5pm. Open all year except Christmas Day. Phone for opening times on 26 December and 1 January.

Season Ticket Adult £5 Concessions £2.50; Family £10 (up to 2 adults and 3 children) Daily Admission Adult £3 Concessions £1.50 All children and visitors aged 18 or under are free. Admission is free on Tuesdays from 4.30pm until 8pm. Admission to the Museum of Scotland also includes access to the Royal Museuem -an international treasure house with everything from animals to engineering, Ancient Egypt to contemporary crafts.
Museum of Scotland .Chambers Street, Edinburgh. Tel No: (0131) 247 4422; Web Site: ; Textphone: 0131 247 4027 Fax: 0131 220 4819

The Writer’s Museum

Dedicated to Scotland’s great literary trio: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and |Robert Louis Stevenson. Lady Stair’s House, Lady Stair’s close, lawnmarket. Tel. (0131) 529 4901

Museum of Childhood

A treasure House full of childhood memories and toys. 42 High Street, Tel. (0131) 529 4142

The People’s Story

The lives, work and recreation of the ordinary people of Edinburgh, from the late 18th century to the present day. Canongate Tolbooth, 163 Canongate, The Royal Mile. Tel. (0131) 529 4901

Huntly House / The Edinburgh Museum

Edinburgh’s local history museum. Greyfriars Bobby’s feeding-bowl and collar are on display.. 142 Canongate. Royal Mile Tel. (0131) 529 4143

National Gallery of Scotland

An outstanding collection of paintings, scuplture, drawings and prints from the greatest artists from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism, including Raphael, Titian, Velazquez, Poussin, Rembrandt, Turner, Constable, Monet and Van Gogh. Also exhibits the world’s finest collection of Scottish painting.
Regular exhibitions. Gallery shop. Open Mon – Sat 10am -5pm; Sundays 12noon – 5pm. Admission free. Tel. (0131) 624 6200

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Unique visual history of Scotland told through the portraits of those who shaped it, including such luminaries as Mary, Queen of Scots and Robert Burns right up to Jimmy Shand and Sean Connery.
Regular exhibitions and changing displays of photoraphy. Gallery cafe and shop. Open Mon – Sat 10am -5pm; Sundays 12noon – 5pm. Admission free. Tel. (0131) 624 6200

The Dean Gallery

Extensive collection of Dada and Surrealist art including works by Dali, Duchamp, Ernst, Magritte, Man Ray and Miro, as well as the Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, gift of sculpture and graphic art.
Spectacular city views, parkland and sculpture garden.. Gallery cafe and shop. Open Mon – Sat 10am -5pm; Sundays 12noon – 5pm. Admission free. Tel. (0131) 624 6200

The National Gallery of Modern Art

An urivalled collection of 20th Century Scottish art aswell as German expressionism and French Art. Includes works by Vuillard, Matisse, Picasso, Magritte, Hockney and Bacon.
Parkland and sculpture garden. Regular exhibitions. Gallery cafe and shop. Open Mon – Sat 10am -5pm; Sundays 12noon – 5pm. Admission free. Tel. (0131) 624 6200

Talbot Rice Gallery

19th Century Gallery showing University’s Old Master collection and contemporary gallery showing seven exhibitions a year. Open all year. University of Edinburgh, South Bridge Tel. (0131) 650 2211