Art Galleries & Museums


Scotland is blessed with a plethora of galleries, outdoor art spaces and museums. Here are just a few to get things started……….







Gallery of Modern Art

Scotland’s most visited art gallery and the centre for Glasgow’s extensive modern art collection.

Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm

Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH

The Riverside Museum

Riverside Museum is Glasgow’s award-winning transport museum. With over 3,000 objects on display there’s everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams and cars to a Stormtrooper. Cool!

Open 7 days a week: 10am-5pm

Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8R

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Museum opened in 1901 and is a firm favourite with local people and visitors. It has stunning architecture and a really family-friendly atmosphere.  Explore the 22 galleries and discover everything from art to animals, Ancient Egypt to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and so much more. There is also a constantly changing programme of temporary exhibitions and displays.

Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG

The People's Palace

The People’s Palace is set in the historic Glasgow Green. It is home to a collection of objects, photographs, prints and film which give a unique view into how Glaswegians have lived, worked and played in years gone by right up to the present day.

Glasgow Green, Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1AT

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh is the only visitor centre in the UK dedicated to telling the life story of planet Earth. Expect cutting edge technology and state of the art interactive displays before being transported hundreds of millions of years back to the very beginning of time. You will fly across glaciers, feel the Earth move beneath your feet and experience the chill of polar ice.  All this before embarking on a 4DVENTURE across the globe before you crash land in a tropical rainforest.

Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS

The National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery houses Scotland’s national collection of fine art from the early Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. The walls are adorned with masterpieces, from Raphael, Velázquez and Vermeer to Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh, as well as works of famous Scottish artists.

Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

The National Museum of Scotland

Set on Edinburgh’s Chambers Street, The National Museum of Scotland is a treasure trove of ancient artefacts and precious objects. It’s the most popular attraction in the UK outside of London and offers a great, year-round programme of temporary exhibitions. Don’t miss the 10 recently opened galleries covering science, design and fashion.

Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Holyrood Palace

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the Queen Elizabeth in Scotland. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scotland since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining.

Queen Elizabeth spends one week in residence at Holyrood Palace at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies.

Open – November-March: 09:30-16:30 & April-October: 09:30-18:00

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX