Art and Culture - Edinburgh

Last Updated: 16th Feb 2011

Edinburgh is considered one of the cultural capitals of Europe.

National Gallery of Scotland

Known for its 15th to 19th century British and European paintings. Highlights include portraits by Allan Ramsay and Henty Raeburn

Charlotte Square

In the heart of New Town, Charlotte Square is a superb example of Georgian architecture, its north side, built in the 1790s and is a masterwork by architect and pioneer of the neo-classical tradition – Robert Adam.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Dean Gallery

Mostly European and American 20th Century greats are represented here including Vuillard, Picasso, Magritte and Lichtenstein.

Museum of Scotland

Purpose built museum houses the Scottish Collections of the National Museums of Scotland. Exhibitions tell the story of Scotland dating from its geological beginnings to the constitutionally exciting events that have recently unfolded.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The museum contains a rich and informative exhibition on the Royal House of Stuart, explaining the turbulent history of 12 generations of Scottish monarchs from Robert the Bruce to Queen Anne. Memorabilia from many reigns include Mary, Queen of Scots’ jewellery and a silver travelling canteen abandoned by Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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