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Edinburgh and the Lothians Sights

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

  • 1 Queen St. Map It
  • New Town

Updated 10/11/2013

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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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1 Queen St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH4 1JD, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Fri.–Wed. 10–5, Thurs. 10–7

Updated 10/11/2013


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