Scottish National Portrait Gallery

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

If looking at pictures of heads for an hour doesn't sound like your idea of fun, perhaps the Scottish National Portrait Gallery will change your mind. The red, Gothic Revival building dates to the late 1800s and is worth a visit alone, with spectacular friezes on the walls of the airy entrance hall surrounded by busts of famous Scots. The ground and first floors showcase mainly contemporary portraits as well as a large library, but the really clever part of the gallery is at the top. Here, the entire floor is given over to the story of Scotland over the centuries, with each room decorated by the key figures from the relevant period - an excellent way to structure the collection. Throughout the building, all of the subjects of the portraits are Scottish people, though there's no such requirement for the artists themselves.

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

📌 Scottish National Portrait Gallery ★★★☆☆
Location: 1 Queen Street, 10-min walk north of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 256742 ///super.trap.tidy
Open (2019): Daily
Free (2019): Free (charge for some temporary exhibitions)

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

[Scottish National Portrait Gallery]

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