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Art Galleries in Edinburgh Edinburgh is, without a doubt, a city of culture. And the cultural life of Scotland’s capital is certainly enriched and driven by the large amount of art on offer.

A staggering four million people visit Edinburgh’s galleries and museums every year. And that staggering footfall is due to the wide variety on offer. The visual choice available from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to the smallest of private galleries is the envy of other cities the world over and appeals to an equally varied audience.

There are a surprisingly large amount of public galleries in the city. These are the City Art Centre, the aforementioned Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which contains a collection of approximately 5,000 pieces ranging from prints and paintings to contemporary video installations, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Museum, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Dean Gallery and the Talbot Rice Gallery. Meanwhile, there were at least 18 private galleries at the last count.

The City Art Centre [map], on Market Street, is one of the leading exhibition spaces. It contains six galleries and has housed Edinburgh’s Scottish Art collection since 1980.

The city is also home to the Edinburgh Art College [map], an educational establishment on Lauriston Place that holds regular public exhibitions in the Andrew Grant Gallery and also in the Sculpture Court.

Edinburgh’s National Gallery [map], on The Mound, was opened in 1859. A place of some repute, this world-famous exhibition space is home to all of the big names of Scottish art as well as Scotland’s greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism. The permanent collection at the National includes Constable, El Greco, Monet, Rembrandt and Velazquez.

For those determined to see a different, close-up slant on Scotland’s history, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery [map] , on Queen Street, houses a range of portraits painted by leading European and American masters, alongside more recent photographs and miniatures.

The promotion of young Scottish artists has always been important to the Royal Scottish Academy [map], which, like the National, is also situated on The Mound. The academy’s building continues to take a full and active role in the nurturing of Scotland’s talent, and is also home to yet another exhibition space. Here you'll find paintings by famous masters, as well as work by modern and contemporary sculptors, pottery and video installations

The Dean Gallery [map], Belford Road, displays world-class examples of surrealist art and work by Dada. It is a good place to start your tour of Edinburgh’s more unusual art.

A visit to The Fruitmarket Gallery [map] is a visual treat in itself. Housed in a stunning building in the Market Street area of Edinburgh, the gallery is an international art space showing six varied and interesting exhibitions every year.

Edinburgh Printmakers [map] is an artist studio and gallery dedicated to contemporary fine-art printmaking. You’ll find amazing exhibitions, as well as courses and events. Check it out at 23 Union Street.

Compare holiday snaps with the impressive range of photography on offer at The Stills Gallery [map], Cockburn Street. Scotland’s first and foremost photography gallery continues to go from strength to strength with a long list of internationally renowned exhibitions.

Close by is the Collective Gallery [map], also on Cockburn Street, which is home to modern contemporary art installations and new media displays.

But if you’re hoping to purchase some unusual visual art pay a visit to the Artizin Gallery [map], which is located in the centre of Edinburgh. Artizin features a range of media art from up-and-coming artists, some of which is for sale.

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