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7. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery provides a unique visual history of Scotland, told through the portraits of those who shaped the country. It explores the lives of Scots, past and present, who have inspired and changed the world - royals and rebels, poets and philosophers, heroes and villains.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery was the first purpose-built portrait gallery in the world. The impressive building, overlooking Edinburgh’s historic New Town, has become a favourite destination for 200,000 locals and tourists every year.

Since the Gallery first opened its doors, the collection has grown steadily. Among the most famous historical portraits are Mary, Queen of Scots, Allan Ramsay’s portrait of the philosopher David Hume, Alexander Nasmyth’s portrait of Robert Burns and Sir Henry Raeburn’s Sir Walter Scott.

Special exhibitions throughout the year explore Scotland’s people, artists, culture and heritage, or showcase the work of major portrait artists and photographers. 
 
There's also a shop, and a cafe serving light meals and refreshments.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery Address:
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
1 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1JD
Scotland, UK

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery Opening Times:
Portrait Gallery Opening Hours
Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday until 7.00pm

Closed 25th and 26th December
Open 1st January from 12.00pm - 5.00pm

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery Admission:
Free
A charge may be made for special exhibitions

T  +44 (0)131 624 6200

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