Edinburgh museums and galleries: When will Dynamic Earth, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Scotland and more open?
As coronavirus restrictions have continued to ease, Edinburgh’s numerous art galleries and museums have been starting to reopen in recent weeks.
With rainy weather forecast for the next week, many residents and visitors enjoying staycations will be taking the opportunity to revisit the attractions forced to close their doors over the coronavirus lockdown.
Here we look at which museums are open, what you can see, and how you can book your visit.
This page will be updated whenever further openings are announced.
The City Art Centre
The Market Street gallery opens on Saturday, May 15, with two exhibitions – ‘Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s’ and ‘Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light’. Entry is free and can be booked here.
The Writers' Museum
No reopening date has yet been confirmed for the Writers’ Museum.
Museum of Edinburgh
No reopening date has yet been confirmed for the Museum of Edinburgh.
The People's Story Museum
No reopening date has yet been confirmed for the People’s Story Museum.
Museum of Childhood
No reopening date has yet been confirmed for the Museum of Childhood.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern One
Modern One will open on Monday, May 16, for three days a week from Sunday-Tuesday, 10am-5pm. Free visits can be booked here.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern Two
Modern Two is now open 10-5pm daily for the Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema exhibition. Tickets can be booked here.
The Scottish National Gallery
The gallery is now open Thursday-Saturday, from 10am-5pm and free visits can be booked here.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The Portrait Gallery reopens on Monday, May 17, and will be welcoming visitors daily from 10am-5pm. Book a free ticket here.
The Fruitmarket Gallery
The gallery is closed for redevelopment and will be reopening on July 7.
The National Museum of Scotland
The Chambers Street Museum is open daily from 10am-4.30pm. The next temporary exhibition, ‘The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure’ opens on May 29. Free visits can be booked here.
The castle is now open to visitors from 9.30am-5pm but all tickets must be booked in advance here.
National War Museum
The museum, in Edinburgh Castle, is open from 9.45am-4.45pm. Entry is included as part of admission to Edinburgh Castle.
Museum on the Mound
The museum dedicated to all things fiscal will reopen on June 1.
The science museum will be open every weekend in May and June, from 10am-4pm each day. Tickets can be purchased here.
John Knox House
The oldest building on the Royal Mile is now open to visitors from Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Book tickets here.
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
The gallery is welcoming visitors to its exhibition ‘Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour’, from Thursday-Sunday, 9.30am-5pm. You can book here.
Palace of Holyrood
The palace is open from Thursday-Sunday, 9.30am-5pm. You can book tickets here.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
You can visit the yacht from Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-3.30pm. Tickets are available here.
The Georgian House
The New Town museum has now reopened and is welcoming visitors from Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Book tickets here.
Talbot Rice Gallery
The contemporary art gallery reopens on Tuesday, May 18, with multi-artist exhibition ‘The Normal’. You can book a free visit, from Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, here.
The Real Mary King’s Close
The attraction is set to reopen on May 22. Book here.
The University of Edinburgh Museum is currently closed to the public.