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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Review

A magnificent red-sandstone Gothic building dating from 1889 houses this must-see institution. Conceived as a gift to the people of Scotland, the gallery is organized under five broad themes: Reformation, Enlightenment, Empire, Modernity, and Contemporary. The refurbished complex features a photography gallery, a gallery for contemporary art, and a fancy glass elevator. New spaces hold exhibits on various aspects of Scots history and life, including "The Visual Culture of the Jacobite Cause" and "Playing for Scotland: The Making of Modern Sport", plus excellent temporary exhibitions.

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  • Address: 1 Queen St., New Town, Edinburgh, EH4 1JD | Map It
  • Phone: 0131/624–6200
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Fri.–Wed. 10–5, Thurs. 10–7
  • Website:
  • Location: New Town
Updated: 10-11-2013

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