Current Friends

Are you already a Friend of the National Galleries of Scotland? Read on to find out more about the benefits you receive, your Friends card and our exclusive Friends events programme. You can renew or find out about upgrading. You’ll also find FAQs covering some of our most popular enquiries.

We would like to thank our Friends for their continued support during these uncertain times.

Got any other questions? Please get in touch with the Friends team. We're here to help.

Our Friends memberships

Our Friends enjoy the following benefits:

  • Unlimited free entry to all of our exhibitions for one year (during public opening hours)
  • 10% discount in all our gallery cafes
  • See exhibitions first at Friends previews
  • An exclusive events and lectures programme (currently online)
  • Free entry for up to 4 family children under the age of 18
  • Friends only mailings sent directly to your door
  • Regular updates and special offers by email (subject to your consent)
  • Free parking at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (during public opening hours for gallery visits)

Philanthropic Friends will enjoy these extra benefits:

  • Priority booking for Friends events
  • Invitations to selected exhibition Private Views
  • An invitation to a special curatorial talk or tour each year

Your Friends card

Your Friends card entitles you to all of the benefits outlined above. Please keep it safe and bring it with you to the Galleries when you visit. 

If you have joined online you can begin booking your free gallery visits right away. Your card will be sent out by post with your welcome pack. If you are visiting the galleries before your welcome pack arrives, you can collect a temporary card and parking pass from the Modern One Information Desk or the Scottish National Gallery Information Desk (Gardens entrance).

If you need to order a replacement card please contact us.

Visiting the Galleries

All visitors, including our Friends, are advised to book a free, timed ticket in advance to visit the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

This major retrospective is coming to Modern Two in April 2022. Our Friends receive free entry to all National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions but are advised to book a timed ticket in advance.

When booking, please ensure you select the 'Friends and Patrons' ticket type and your exhibition ticket discount will be applied at the checkout. If the discount is not applied please contact us.

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Find out more about the exhibition

Friends Events Programme

We currently have a series of exclusive online talks for our Friends. Each talk remains available for a month so you can choose when you would like to watch them.

No booking or advance registration is required in order to view these free Friends only talks. The links to view them are sent out as part of our Friends email newsletter. If you have a Friends membership but do not currently receive our Friends email newsletter please contact [email protected] to sign up.

Our talks feature both our expert curators and external speakers, as well as a range of highlights from the collection such as works by Turner and Van Gogh.

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Piazzetta, Venice About 1835
Vincent van Gogh Olive Trees 1889

Choose your Friends membership package

Please buy or renew your own membership using the ‘Buy Now’ options below. For our Duo or Philanthropic Friend memberships you have the option of naming two Friends cardholders who live at the same address or a single cardholder who can bring an unnamed guest.

Please purchase a gift membership using the ‘Gift Membership’ options below. Please see the Gift Membership Instructions for more details.

Pay by Direct Debit and save £5

Download our form to set up a recurring annual direct debit and you will benefit from a £5 discount. Print out the form, fill it in and post it to us OR contact us to have a form posted out to you.

Once you have a Direct Debit set up we will send out your new Friends card automatically each year a few weeks before your expiry date. Please contact us when you receive your new card or at any point throughout the year if you wish to make any changes to your Direct Debit.

Upgrade at any time

You can upgrade your Friends membership at any point during the year. If you are a Solo Friend why not upgrade to a Duo Friend for only £15 extra and take a guest with you each time you visit an exhibition?

Or become a Philanthropic Friend to enjoy the following additional benefits:

  • Priority booking for Friends events
  • Invitations to selected exhibition Private Views
  • A special curatorial talk or tour each year

Contact us now to upgrade.

Friends Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the Friends Office

The Friends Office staff are currently working remotely. Please contact us by email if possible.

Online: Email [email protected] or use our contact form and select Friends Membership

By Post: Modern Two Lodge, 72 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS

By Phone: We currently have no access to the Friends phone lines. Please call the Galleries’ main enquiry line on 0131 624 6200. They can transfer you to the Friends team or will take a message to pass onto us and we will call you back.