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Why The Scottish National Galleries should be Top of your Edinburgh Itinerary.

Conveniently located in the centre of Edinburgh it boasts one of the finest collections of fine art in the world. here’s why it should be your next stop…
  1. See the Materful work of Some of the Worlds most influential artists.

The main collection includes photos covering Scottish painting history, including works by Ramsay, Raeburn, and Wilkie. It also includes the works of other pioneers in art such as masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck, Tiepolo, Landseer, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and Angelica Kauffmann amongst many others. In the painting above, Van Gogh was inspired by the ever-changing colour and structure of the olive trees during his stay in Provence.

2. Extraordinary Exhibitions

See the many exclusive exhibitions the gallery has to offer. One of our favourites at the moment is the ‘Titan of Cinema’ exhibition in the Modern Two gallery where visitors can see how the world-famous animator Ray Harryhausen turned his dreams into masterful creations used in some of the defining movies of that time period. From his very first sketches to models of the Argonauts, and classic characters like Medusa, the Kraken, and Bubo the owl, as well as the incredible Skeleton Army.

3. Bring artworks to life with Smartify

Uncover the stories behind some of the most mesmerising and iconic paintings and artifacts from the gallery with this handy app. The app contains almost all of the 92,000 artworks so visitors can be sure to get the full experience out of it. Bring your headphones along and get an exclusive audio tour of the gallery! If you use it in the previously mentioned exhibition ‘Titan of Cinema’ you unlock exclusive features such as an audio guide by legendary director John Landis, movie trailers as well as behind the scenes info. Visitors can even bring a skeleton warrior to life in our augmented reality feature.

4. Sensory Trail

Take a walk around the landscaped gardens to get away from the bustle of the city and discover the 6 hands-on sculptures by Turner Prize-winning artist, Antony Gromley, designed to make you connect with all your senses. They are intended to make walking around the grounds more interesting and to shed light on some of the Scottish National Collection’s brilliant sculptures.

5. Dine-in at one of their tempting restaurants

Paolozzi’s Kitchen (as pictured above) offers mouth-watering, baked-to-perfection pizza as well as many other Italian dishes, but for those who want to try something new out, they have the perfect dish that fuses Italian and Scottish cuisine – haggis lasagne! They make sure to provide the best quality food with the freshest and most seasonal ingredients.

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