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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

  • 1 Queen St. Map It
  • New Town

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's 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. The 2011 renovation saw the addition of 17 exhibition spaces. Each focuses on various aspects of Scottish 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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  • Free

Published 05/04/2017


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