Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh

Tue, Jun 16, 2009

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If you are looking for an amazing art gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland, then you need to visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Edinburgh's Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Edinburgh's Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This Queen Street gallery is the space that plays home to the country’s national collection of portraits. The following includes some basic information about this world-famous spot in Scotland.
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Architecture Of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is housed in a Gothic revival building designed by the well-respected architect Robert Rowand Anderson. Made out of red sandstone, the building was built between 1885 and 1890 and was inspired and modeled after the Doges Palace located in Venice.

The breathtaking architecture of Edinburgh's Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The breathtaking architecture of Edinburgh's Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery was built thanks to private funds and is as much an architectural sight to see as it is an important gallery full of important artwork.
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Collections Of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The national collections of portraits housed in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery includes both Scots and non-Scots as well as the Scottish National Photography Collection. The images in this gallery give people an incredibly unique view of Scotland’s history and culture. Here, you can see images of the great Scots who explored, inspired, and change both the country and the world. You can see images of poets, philosophers, scientists, royals, heroes, and even villains.

A bust of Robert Louis Stevenson in Edinburgh's Scottish National Portrait Gallery

A bust of Robert Louis Stevenson in Edinburgh's Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The collection of portraits in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery has grown quite a bit since the gallery first opened. Today, the space plays home to such world-famous images as portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, David Hume, Alex Ferguson, Sean Connery, and Sir Walter Scott, among many other important figures in history.

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Edinburgh’s National Portrait Gallery Has 200,000 Visitors Annually!

Today, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of the most popular places in Edinburgh and is world-famous. More than 200,000 locals and tourists visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on a yearly basis. Located in Edinburgh’s important historic New Town, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is definitely something that people need to see if they are in this beautiful area of Scotland. Here, you can truly see a visual history of Scotland and of the world that is sure to impress.

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One Response to “Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh”

  1. Wiebke Burnett Says:

    Please note the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is currently closed for refurbishment until late 2011. They are taking quite some time so the result will have to be stunning :)

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