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  • “It's a green bus with paintings on it - depicting whichever exhibition is on at the gallery.” in 7 reviews

  • “Both galleries got nice surroundings if you wish to take a rest in the gardens.” in 4 reviews

  • “But there were also paintings of beauty like Vivienne, Melancholy and Medusa, only to mention a few.” in 4 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
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    We went there recently to see the latest exhibition called witches and wicked bodies. Sadly this exhibition will come to an end this week.

    There were paintings hanging in four rooms, all about the ugliness and sexuality of witches from it's beginnings in the 1500 to its end. If there ever was an end! The contents of the paintings vary. You can see different styles of pencil or brush work. Stories of Faust and Walburgies Nacht came to life. Witches riding their brooms through the darkest of nights. But there were also paintings of beauty like Vivienne, Melancholy and Medusa, only to mention a few.

    The galleries of modern art two is housed in an amazing building and surroundings.

    Can't wait for the next exhibition to arrive.

  • 2.0 star rating
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    Smaller then I hoped. And really only highlights one artist upstairs and has changing exhibitions down stairs. I like a bit more diversity in my museum experience... I've heard about some great modern artist that are from Glasgow... so where is their work?

  • 2.0 star rating
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    I've always found the Museum of Modern Art to be fairly badly used, in that they choose some rather poor exhibitions to stage there.

    Last time I went it was the Edward Munch exhibition, which largely consisted of entire rooms holding the same image (predominantly the Scream) in a variety of different colour prints and not many (if any at all) original and finished pieces of art.

    I was more interested in the Gallery's more permanent exhibits, such as the giant metallic creature in the cafeteria.

    Exhibits tend to price in the range of £7-10, which, depending on the exhibition can seem reasonable or not, especially considering the more substantial National and Portrait Galleries are free.

    It's a shame because the venue is nice, set in some lovely surrounding grounds and just a little out of town. Just wish they would up the ante a little.

    Until a decent exhibition comes along, I'd recommend the Portrait Gallery over this.

  • 4.0 star rating

    I'm not an art enthusiast, and modern art leaves something to be desired for me. Sometimes, a piece will catch my eye but overall, I just tend to stagger around exhibits in a bewildered fashion and hope that something sparks a debate.

    There is a sign outside "Everything will be alright". I like that. I also liked the Edvard Munch and Jeff Koons exhibits although I will be honest, I preferred the works in the Dean Gallery, at the time showing an exhibit on August Sander, a rather impressive early 20th century portrait photographer. The grounds are, as the other reviews point out, are glorious, and the landform, although closed off to access when we visited, still remain a stunning sight.

    If you have any interest in art at all, you will probably visit at some point, and I don't think you will be disappointed if you do.

  • 5.0 star rating
    Listed in Trip to U.K.

    This is quite frankly one of the finest modern art museums I've ever seen in my life. Housed in an imposing neo-classical building, which was designed by William Burn in 1825, it moved to this site on Belford Road in 1984.

    Right now they are celebrating their 50th anniversary, so I recommend you don't miss this museum. They've currently rehung a lot of their works and they're currently featuring "What You See is Where You're At". I'm not much of an art critic, but I did enjoy the "Super Realism" exhibit, which showed how Pop Art renewed interest in photographic realism, and American popular culture.

    But I think I enjoyed the Young Scottish Painter exhibit, which over the next several months will showcase three emerging Scottish painters: Alex Dordoy, Sophie Mackfall and Alan Stanners. It's a pleasure to discover the works of new artists. While we have an outstanding art museum in my native Pittsburgh, the Carnegie, I often wish we had something a little more dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

    The building grounds here are simply gorgeous! The layout of the building is very logical. And the facility itself is simply stunning.

  • 3.0 star rating
    Listed in 2012 Edinburgh

    I like going to Modern Art museums, but the National Gallery in Edinburgh somewhat disappoints me unfortunately.

    The art collection is very limited, when compared to those in the MoMa, Guggenheim, Lisbon and other places. The sheer space is vast - there are two separate buildings housing the art. The garden space is magnificent, and the outdoor room cafe is definitely worth a check.

    I spent about an hour or so seeing their permanent collections. A nice part is the gift shop as it has some pretty good stuff there.

    Admission is free. If you like to spent a couple of hours on a cloudy day, this may worth a quick look.

    Also, the Lothian bus line does not reach there, so your £3.50 all day bus pass will not get you over. There is another bus line that will get there, but it runs every hour so public transportation is not superb. However, it is a fairly quick, nice walk from the castle (about 15 mins), and not bad if you want to check out the houses and Scottish architecture.

  • 4.0 star rating

    This is a very picturesquely situated gallery indeed, with the gardens spread out in front of it, and the Dean Gallery opposite, which is also a fantastic piece of classic architecture to feast your arty eyes on. The Neoclassical Gallery of Modern Art is just as good as the Dean, and holds Scotland's national collection of modern art.

    I've always had really mixed feelings about modern art. I know there are too many artists and too many modern art styles to generalise, but I think it just depends what you view as art, and I see proper art as something that took skill to produce.

    Looking at a small blue paint dot in the middle of a newspaper that's folded in half and stuck on a wall does nothing for me, however I do appreciate Picasso, Matisse, and Peter Howson, and these are just a few of the great artists you can see at the gallery. The gallery also hosts a series of high profile temporary exhibitions, so if you're in the area, it's pretty likely you'll enjoy one of the exhibitions showing at either the Dean or the Gallery of Modern Art.

  • 4.0 star rating

    The Modern Art Galleries is made up of the Dean Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, located in two separate buildings across the road from one another.

    The Dean Gallery is smaller and has some interesting pieces. I was rather impressed by the big metal roboty thing which stood two stories tall. I checked the website for this, because there is not a chance I would remember it and I want to be helpful, so the Dean Gallery features Dada and Surrealism. I couldn't tell you what that is, just that I enjoyed this nicely kept, quiet gallery.

    The Gallery of Modern Art is, well modern art. So I go in and think, WTF this is a room with some junk in it. Whereas someone else goes in and says "Aha! A masterpiece!" There were many pieces where I thought, HUH? Really? That is art? But then there was some fantastic pieces with so much thought and effort put into them. One of the exhibits is a wall where this guy has added the name of every single person he has ever met to. It's not a painting but I thought it was pretty fun. This gallery is a mix of the odd and the outstandingly good and bad modern art.

    Great way to spend an afternoon because it is quite entertaining and always stirs up that debate of "What is art?" Oh and it is free.

  • 5.0 star rating

    On a warm summer's day, I like nothing better than to take a walk over to the Gallery of Modern Art. It is situated about twenty minutes walk away from Princes Street, but it is a world apart from the busy city centre. The walk takes you through the picturesque Dean Village and by the water of Leith, all very leafy, green and calming.

    The Gallery itself is housed in a neo classical building set in beautiful grounds (which also feature a few interesting pieces, there's a fabulous Henry Moore sculpture outside to the left of the main entrance).  Entrance is free, although there is sometimes a small charge for visiting exhibitions, I don't mind paying as they are always well-curated . The Gallery's shop sells postcards, books and other art related odds and ends (I am currently coveting a Pantone mug, geek!), it's not too expensive and a good place to pick up quirky gifts

    Just over the road is the Dean Gallery, which also houses modern art, although it specialises in Dada and surreal pieces (Magritte, Dali etc), I implore you to check it out as well.

    The GMA provides a wonderful home for some amazing artworks and the café serves lovely food and tasty cakes too. Perfect.

  • 5.0 star rating

    This place has my heart. Fact.

    I used to study History of Art when I was in 1st and 2nd year, and every Friday we would go around the museums. When we were in the Modern Art Gallery, I was positively giddy! The second you pull up to this gallery you understand why. The gardens, designed by Capability Brown I'll have you know, are very very cool and modern. It's a bit like the Tellytubby's opening sequence. The gallery itself is amazing. It's such a lovely lovely day out, I can't tell you enough how great it is.

    I know it's a but far out of the city, but there is a free bus that leaves from the Mound that comes here regularly! Brilliant! It's a green bus with paintings on it - depicting whichever exhibition is on at the gallery.

    It's worth going just to look around the garden. The Dean gallery is brilliant too! I love it, and so will you

  • 4.0 star rating

    I have to say, I came here because I promised that I would meet my sister here on one of her college trips to several art galleries across the UK.

    Firstly, although I know that there are several bus shuttle services that go just to the galleries, I actually drove there in my car and it was a nightmare to find - no sign posts at all.

    Anyway, one problem aside, the gallery is actually rather stunning - even my sister who is really into her art was blown away by this place. Using here as a make shift tour guide I wandered around this place with my jaw dropped, its quite spectacular.

    A great place to come visit, if you can find it.

    • Qype User beckyl…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 34 friends
    • 158 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Having spoken to Sandra (our B&B host) she suggested we head along the road and pick up The Water of Leith Walkway which takes you about a mile or so along the river to the back entrance of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It was such a lovely walk through beautiful woodland scenery, you also come across a rather grand nymph-type Victorian mineral well, and through the quaint Dean Village. We where amazed at how tranquil it all was considering it was in the centre of a city! Definitely a break from the hustle and bustle.

    The gallery itself is set in wonderful grounds; the huge modern pond at the front both contradicts the traditional grand build while leading you into the modern spaces of the gallery. We spent most of our time wandering around the Richard Long exhibition. It was well executed covering work from the 60s up to new works created especially for the exhibition, so much so a couple of them where painted directly onto the gallery walls!

    We then jumped on the free shuttle bus which runs every hour between all the national galleries back into the heart of the city, intending to go to the Portrait Gallery. We headed in before deciding that nahactually we've done the culture now it's time to shop! Still the free shuttle bus came in handy!

    • Qype User es…
    • Edinburgh
    • 15 friends
    • 99 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    One of my favourite places to disappear off to in Edinburgh.

    The National Gallery of Modern Art is a little outside the city in leafy Dean Village but is worth a jaunt - combine it with a wander along the Waters of Leith walkway, accessible and signposted from Haymarket station or take the free bus from the Waverley Bridge/Mound or Queen Street galleries.

    The Gallery (and the dean gallery over the road) specialise in modern art & have great permanent and temporary exhibitions which,+ the buildings and amazing gardens are great in which to to gather ones thoughts


    • Qype User Jean_J…
    • Edinburgh
    • 8 friends
    • 53 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    In my opinion the cafes at the Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Gallery and Portrait Gallery are the best in Edinburgh, bar none. This cafe is heaving at lunchtime, which follows on from the morning tea and scone shift, so it can be tricky to get a table to yourself! The cafe comes into its own in the Summer when you can spill out on the patio and take in the beautiful walled garden  stunning!!!

    The large selection of homemade food is amazing with delicious main dishes accompanied by tasty and imaginative salads, and baking to die for! The ultimate brownie is a must!

    • Qype User sfscot…
    • Edinburgh
    • 3 friends
    • 40 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    One of the main art galleries in Edinburgh it hosts a range of major exhibitions. It is a great space to view work, good light and atmosphere. There is a shop filled with great artists books, gifts and general stuff. There is also a cafe which is relaxing and chilled out. It serves both food and drink, although it's not the cheapest place in town!

    It is located slightly out from the central shopping area but there are great opportunities in terms of walking in the area such as along the very picturesque water of Leith. If you have planty of time, this is a great day out.

  • 5.0 star rating
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    Fantastic, world-class collection, stunning grounds that are ideal for a wander and an incredibly good cafe in the bowels of the building. Their salads are particularly immense, and don't forget to order a cake! What is not to love about this wonderful stalwart of Scottish culture?

    • Qype User Sheeps…
    • Edinburgh
    • 9 friends
    • 61 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    This is a lovely wee cafe in a truly beautiful setting. Modern art may not be your thing but the grounds are large and pleasant to stroll through. There is parking at the rear of the building. The food in the cafe is simple but very well done and the dining area opens out on to the back garden where, if there ever is any sunshine, you can sit outside.

    • Qype User diziet…
    • Edinburgh
    • 3 friends
    • 47 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Set in beautiful leafy grounds, the modern art gallery is a lovely place to visit. Although it's 15 minute walking distance from Princes Street, it is a touch difficult to navigate to, and is on the obscure and irregular number 13 bus route. There are regular exhibitions and it's always worth checking the website to see what's on first, although the permanent exhibition has some real gems. A couple of awesome Warhols, some eerie holocaust art and the ever funny American Tourist sculptures being my favourites. The staff are generally very friendly and tolerant of little kids. The only downside for parents is the cafe will not allow you to bring your pushchair in. Health and Safety fascism, but what can you do?

    • Qype User drew…
    • Glasgow
    • 1 friend
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    This is always an interesting experience. The secret to a good trip here is to take a detour on the way using the water of leith walk way. There is a free but infrequent shuttle bus that makes trips back and forth between this and various other galleries. Using this requires a level of planning and synchronization that are beyond me

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    We took ourselves for a walk along the river to the Dean Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. This too me was something I was looking forward too after a long walk. Sadly for us they closed off some of the floors to the public in both of the galleries, as they were changing some of the installations and hangings. Both galleries got nice surroundings if you wish to take a rest in the gardens. Dean Gallery has a very nice restaurant attached to it and by the look of it a very busy one too, so I would phone to book in advance.

    • Qype User scotla…
    • Edinburgh
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    • 3 reviews
    1.0 star rating

    I called the gallery cafe for access information as I intended to visit for lunch with some friends. 1st attempt at 11.50 a.m. I did not get a reply.

    I called again about 30 mins. later. A young lady answered and although I had called the correct number for the gallery cafe she tried to give me another number to call, she said she could not understand me.

    I was born and have lived in Edinburgh all my life.

    • Qype User millyb…
    • Leicester
    • 0 friends
    • 58 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Scotland's finest collection of modern and contemporary art. Collections ranging from paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings of the 1890's right up to contemporary video installations of the 1990s. Always interesting

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