Scottish National Gallery

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The Mound, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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The National Art Gallery of Scotland Sep 26, 2012
The Scottish National Gallery, located on The Mound in central Edinburgh, is the national art gallery of Scotland and part of the National Galleries of Scotland, which Includes three galleries in Edinburgh (Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery) and two partner galleries in the north and south of Scotland. That's sort of confusing I think and probably why sometimes this museum is just called the National Gallery of Scotland. The buildings of the National Gallery of Scotland along with the Royal Scottish Academy William were designed by Henry Playfair in 1850 in the neoclassical style and first opened to the public in 1859 two years after Playfair died. Playfair also designed many other neoclassical buildings & monuments on throughout Edinburgh such as on Calton Hill and New Town, so Edinburgh is sometimes called the "Athens of the North"

Inside this museum you will find a varied collection of art from the Renaissance all the way to the 20th Century, including the usual cast of characters such as Titian, Botticelli, Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh. It's a decent collection and well represented for the periods it covers. You'll find the Scottish Collection on the lower level, 16th-19th century on the ground level, 18th and 19th century Italian impressionists on the second floor south, early Italian & Northern European on the second level north. There is no photography allowed and the museum guards are of the hovering kind, which I always find annoying when trying to enjoy a museum. You can go through here in a couple hours if you don't linger anywhere too long as it is not a really large museum. The Botticelli of 'The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Jesus Christ' is a nice piece worth spending some time with.

This museum has that musty, dusty, stodgy atmosphere to it - lots of classic works with uninspired surroundings to display them in. It feels old like the art, which is not always a bad thing, but doesn't make this museum stand out in any way over others like it around the world. There weren't many people here when I visited and am guessing it's not setting any attendance records. The main draw here may be the visiting exhibits that reside in the museum for periods of time. I thought is was an average museum, with some nice pieces for sure, but nothing really special. The museum does have a cafe/restaurant to enjoy and the gift shop has a pretty good selection of items for souvenirs. I purchased a book called "The Companion Guide to the Scottish National Gallery" for only 10pound, which I thought a good price for the book quality and content. Admission is Free!
Scottish National Gellery
View from front of the gallery
Gallery Square I
Gallery Square II
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missandrea81 says:
Seems like a theme. All the galleries are free of charge and have no photography allowed. I encountered the same thing at the National Gallery in London.
Posted on: Aug 25, 2013
X_Drive says:
I hate museums and places that do not allow photography (I can see no flash). I usually pass them up. But the entry fee here was right. :D
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013
Vikram says:
It's a good place, no doubt. But I've seen far more exhaustive ones in London (forget other parts of Europe). I do like the location of the place though!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013
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