Another of these places I've been past a thousand times and never gone in. Well, in December 08 I righted a wrong and went in.
It's free, so that's a good start. We only had 30 minutes to spend, but managed to see some interesting portraits of figures from a broad range of Scottish public life. Enough to entice me back the next time I have some free time in that part of town. The architecture of the building is also of interest, as it is very "out of context" in that part of town, and in the city more generally.
Go see - you'll understand immediately. More like a Venetian palace than an Edinburgh museum.
It re-opened in 2011 after renovation, and I visited in August 12 to see for myself. Looks great.
I have always found this an enjoyable Gallery to visit - they have an excellent collection and have over the years exhibited a good mix of traditional art and photographic imagery.
This is one of the three National Galleries in Edinburgh.
I've been to this museum a few times to see various photography exhibits (most recently -Scots in Film as part of the "year of photography") but I love the permanent exhibit as well, particularly the 20th century room which contains a few well known faces. Even my favourite Scottish rugby player is represented there!
**Entry is free**.
Temporary exhibitions are held on the ground floor with the permanent exhibits on the two floors above. Some temporary exhibits do charge an entrance fee so check first
This red stone building with its beautifull sculptures houses the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Inside are several exhibitions of artwork containing scottish portraits. It is telling the history by the portraits of those who made it.
The building is even better on the inside!
Even if you don´t like portrait paintings, you must go inside and see this great hall.
And as all Edinburgh museums it is free!