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Postcode Culture Trust

National Galleries of Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) look after one of the world's finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day including Scotland's national collection of Scottish and international fine art and photography. The generous support of the People's Postcode Lottery allows NGS to reach a wider public across Scotland and helps them to make spectacular exhibitions and acquisitions for the enjoyment and inspiration of visitors of all ages.

NGS recognises that it has responsibility to encourage as many people as possible to use and enjoy the collection. The organisation tries to create a dynamic, user-friendly institution. It actively seeks to engage with audiences and bring the collection to life. This applies to both visitors to the Galleries and wider audiences across the world via education and outreach programmes and an award winning website.

The charity has has three sites in Edinburgh

  • the Scottish National Gallery
  • the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

and two partner galleries

  • Duff House in Banff
  • Paxton House in the Scottish Borders

Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, Sir John Leighton said: "The National Galleries of Scotland houses some of the greatest works of art in the world and we use these collections to inspire learning, enjoyment and creativity in people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The People's Postcode Lottery is a fantastic partner for us in our efforts to reach out to wider audiences across the country and to encourage as many people as possible to benefit from access to these great national treasures.”

Entry to the permanent collections of the National Galleries of Scotland is free. To help the galleries remain accessible to all, please sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery. For more information on the galleries and exhibitions, visit You can also become a Friend of the National Galleries to further support this good cause.

Head office and contact info

Call 0131 624 6200Visit
National Galleries of Scotland
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two
73 Belford Road