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.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 8:59 am
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 4:09 pm

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.

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The National Museum of Scotland is now open to visitors but which other galleries and museums in Edinburgh can you currently visit?

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.

Edinburgh Castle

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.

Dynamic Earth

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.

Anatomical Museum

The University of Edinburgh Museum is currently closed to the public.