National Galleries of Scotland
National Gallery Complex
The National Gallery Complex is one of Scotland's top free visitor attractions and Edinburgh's second most-visited attraction after the Castle. It is made up of three interconnected buildings, right in the heart of Edinburgh. The National Gallery of Scotland is home to a major part of Scotland's national collection of fine art; the Royal Scottish Academy Building (RSA) is one of Europe's premier venues for international exhibitions.
The Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland stand in the heart of Edinburgh. Although originally built as separate structures, their histories have long been intertwined.
The National Gallery houses the national collection of fine art from the early Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. At the gallery there are masterpieces from Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt and Rubens to Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Degas and Gauguin. For a nation of Scotland's size, the collection is rightfully regarded as one of the very best in the world. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting. All the major names, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart, are represented in depth. Works on show include Raeburn's much-loved The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch or, as it has become known, the 'Skating Minister'.
In front of the National gallery is the Royal Scottish Academy Building which is a wonderful venue for temporary art exhibitions. It has two floors of art exhibition space, and current art exhibitions are listed on the National Galleries website.