Together with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, the Modern Two houses Scotland’s national collection of contemporary art. Originally named the Dean Gallery, the 19th-century building hosts a permanent collection of dada and surrealist works, as well as a re-creation of the studio of Scottish sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two is one of Edinburgh’s leading modern-art venues, together with Modern One, which is housed in a neoclassical building just a short stroll away. Modern Two can be explored independently. Free scheduled tours and workshops typically take place in Modern One but may also include parts of Modern Two, depending on the topic being covered.
As well as extensive dada and surrealist exhibits, Modern Two also houses a research library and archives. Those who want to explore the surrounding sculpture park, which features works by Barbara Hepworth and Rachel Whiteread, can do so with the help of a downloadable audio tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two is a must for art lovers.
A café serving food and drinks, as well as a gift shop, can be found within the museum.
Modern Two is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two is on Belford Road, across the street from Modern One. The museum is just a 15-minute walk from Princes Street in the city center. Ride the Edinburgh Coach Lines bus 13 to Modern Two or take the Gallery Bus, which travels a loop between the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
When to Get There
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two is busiest on weekend afternoons. Visit midweek or come first thing on the weekend to avoid the crowds.
The Collections of the Modern One and Modern Two
The Modern Two holds the gallery’s collection of surrealist works, which explore the edges of reality, focusing on dreams, the unconscious, and the fantastic. Among the many surrealist works at Modern Two is the large-scale painting Max Ernst montrant à une jeune fille la tête de son père (Max Ernst Showing a Young Girl the Head of His Father) by Max Ernst, and Le miroir magique (The Magic Mirror) by surrealist master René Magritte.
Over in Modern One, visitors will find a range of 20th-century pieces covering movements such as cubism and op art, with works from big-name artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, and Tracey Emin among the collection.