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Edinburgh Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Edinburgh...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Edinburgh Museums and Galleries

Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, EH22 4QN

Welcome to National Mining Museum, a 5 Star visitor attraction and great day out for all the family, at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe, the Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange, just 9-miles south of Edinburgh. There's something for everyone…take the colliery tour with one of our guides, all of whom are miners, see Scotland's largest winding engine in action, take the kids to our Mini Miners Soft Play and Mining Mechanics interactives, relax and have lunch in our restaurant. Travel by Borders Railway to Newtongrange Station, there's a direct pathway to the museum!
Tel: 0131 663 7519    Fax: 0131 654 0952See our website

blank tabDEAN GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH4 3DS

Extensive collection of Dada and Surrealist art, including works by Dali, Ernst, Magritte, Man Ray and Miro. Home to modern and contemporary exhibitions as well as a large collection of works by Paolozzi. Spectacular city views and beautiful sculpture park.
Tel: 0131 624 6265    Fax: 0131 623 7126
E-mail: deaninfo@nationalgalleries.org

blank tabNATIONAL GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
The Mound, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2EL

The National Gallery of Scotland, oldest of the five Galleries, is situated in the heart of Edinburgh on The Mound, between the ancient Old Town and the Georgian New Town. It is home to Scotland's greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism, and is one of the very finest galleries of its size in the world.
Tel: 0131 624 6200    Fax: 0131 343 3250

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH4 3DR

When the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art opened in 1960, it inherited a small number of 20th century works from the National Gallery of Scotland, but the majority of the collection has been acquired over the last forty years. The collection now comprises more than 5,000 items, ranging in date from the late 19th century to the present and encompasses work in a wide variety of media, from paintings, bronzes and works on paper, to kinetic sculpture and video installations. Highlights of the collection include early 20th century French paintings by Bonnard, Vuillard, Derain and Matisse; Cubist work by Braque, Léger and Picasso; early 20th century Russian art, including oils by Larionov and Goncharova; and a superb collection of Expressionist art, with works by Barlach, Kirchner, Kokoschka and Nolde.
Tel: 0131 624 6200    Fax: 0131 343 3250

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 1JD

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is situated in the heart of the New Town at the east end of Queen Street. It provides a unique visual history of Scotland, told through portraits of the figures who shaped it: royals and rebels, poets and philosophers, heroes and villains. All the portraits are of Scots, but not all are by Scots. The collection also contains works by great English, European and American masters such as Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Copley, Thorvaldsen, Rodin and Kokoschka, as well as works by Ramsay, Raeburn and many other Scottish artists.
Tel: 0131 624 6200    Fax: 0131 343 3250

blank tabSTILLS LTDMuseums & Galleries
23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1BP

Established in 1977 as Edinburgh's specialist photographic centre, STILLS is now recognised as one of Scotland's leading centres for research, production and exhibition of contemporary art inspired by existing and emerging technologies.
Tel: 0131 622 6200
E-mail: info@stills.org
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3D Loch Ness Experience

192B The High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
Tel: 0131 225 2290    Fax: 0131 225 2291     E-mail: info@3dlochness.com

The Secret of Loch Ness in Stereo 3D. Your chance to learn about the real environment of Loch Ness and to investigate the legend of Nessie. What is the evidence? What are the problems? Could it be true? 1000 Eyewitness Accounts, Photographs, Hoaxes, Illusions, Facts and Figures, Ecology, History & Mystery & Much More.

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Talbot Rice Gallery

University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
Tel: 0131 650 2211    Fax: 0131 650 2213     E-mail: info.talbotrice@ed.ac.uk

Georgian gallery exhibiting Edinburgh University's collection of old master paintings and bronzes. Also a contemporary gallery showing up to seven exhibitions per year. Disabled facilities include a lift to main floor of gallery.

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Museum Of Flight

East Fortune Airfield, North Berwick, EH39 5LF
Tel: 01620 880308    Fax: 01620 880355     E-mail: info@nms.ac.uk

Scotland's national museum of aviation houses a huge collection of aeroplanes and rockets in the hangars of a World War II airfield. Come and learn about the history of flight, from early pioneers to space explorers.

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National War Museum of Scotland

The Castle, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2NG
Tel: 0131 225 7534    Fax: 0131 225 3848

The National War Museum of Scotland explores the Scottish experience of war and military service over the last 400 years. The lives of many thousands of Scots have been dominated by the experience of war - the objects in the museum, and the individuals and events to which they relate, make this very clear.

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The Queens Gallery

Palace Of Holyroodhouse, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
Tel: 0131 556 5100

Combine your visit to the Palace with The Queen's Gallery, where magnificent works of art from the Royal Collection are shown in a programme of changing exhibitions.

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Trinity House Maritime Museum

99 Kirkgate, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6BJ
Tel: 0131 554 3289   

An outstanding collection of maritime memorabilia inside an elegant Georgian building.