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Edinburgh is an art lover's dream. National galleries cover all major periods and works while small private ones bring new talent to the fore. The National Gallery of Scotland and Scottish National Portrait Gallery are handily located just off Princes Street.

The Dean Galley and Gallery of Modern Art are just a short stroll from your Dunstane Hotel base. Open seven days, the permanent collections are free to view.

The five Edinburgh galleries of the National Galleries of Scotland are:

  • National Gallery of Scotland
  • Royal Scottish Academy Building (joined to the National Gallery via the Weston Link)
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Dean Gallery

National Gallery of Scotland

The National Gallery Complex connects the National Gallery and the adjacent Royal Scottish Academy to create Edinburgh's second most-visited attraction after the castle. Inside you will discover Scotland's permanent collections of fine art from the early Renaissance right up to the end of the 19th century. Scottish works take their rightful place alongside the likes of Monet and Van Gogh. Look out, too, for regular major touring exhibitions and annual shows. Even better, admission to the permanent collections is free.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery (re-opening late 2011 after refurbishment)

Discover Scotland's history in portraiture, from Mary, Queen of Scots and Robert Burns to Sean Connery and Nick Nairn. The building itself is a wonderful piece of architecture, inspired by a Venetian palace. A free shuttle bus connects this gallery with the other National Galleries in Edinburgh.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery

Joining forces with the adjacent Dean Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is the place for those who like art with a cutting edge. Works by Warhol, Paolozzi, Picasso and Matisse are all here. Even the lawn in front of the Gallery of Modern Art is a sculptural masterpiece to a design by Charles Jencks. Both galleries are also local favourites for coffee or lunch in their cafés.

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