Edinburgh Modern Art Gallery

Wednesday, 17 October 2012
I thought it was time I introduced a new lifestyle feature to the blog, so I'm going to start writing posts on things to see and do in Edinburgh in a bid to encourage you all to come visit our lovely city!  It will probably be an occasional feature though as I don't venture out and visit exciting places all that regularly.

I've lived in or near Edinburgh all my life, but despite this I've still not visited even half of the many attractions that the city has to offer.  I'm trying to get a bit more cultured though, and over the last year I've been to a few exhibitions/galleries but I've still got lots on my to-see list.

The first place I'm going to tell you about is the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.  The Gallery is about 15 mins walk from the city centre - there's a free Gallery bus which you can get from outside the Scottish National Gallery on Princes Street which is nice and handy.  As the name would suggest the Gallery is a modern and contemporary art venue, and it also has some amazing sculptures in the grounds and gardens.  The main part of the gallery is free to visit, however if you go across the road to building 2 where they host different temporary exhibitions through the year, there is usually an entrance fee.

B and I went along to the gallery in the summer as we wanted to visit the Edvard Munch exhibition (this has now finished).  During our visit we also had a wander round the main gallery building - the highlight of which was a GIANT BABY SCULTURE on the ground floor which was huuuuuge and scarily lifelike.  It was a beautiful sunny day so we also spent some time in the grounds which is where the cool aeroplane engine below is from.

The photos I took are below - you aren't actually supposed to take pictures inside the gallery (I took 2 in a corridor and got a telling off) so most of them are from outside in the gardens.

I'd highly recommend popping along for a visit, although I'd probably say you're best to go in the summer if you want to spend time in the gardens too.

this was a huge statue inside the gallery but I couldn't get it all in shot!

cool ceiling in the corridor - this is where I got a telling off!

aeroplane engine - amazing!


Let me know if you have any tips of other places to visit in Edinburgh (or the surrounding area), I'd love to hear your suggestions!

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