Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Edinburgh | United Kingdom

About the Museum

Designed as a “shrine for Scotland’s heroes and heroines,” the iconic sandstone building of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery was opened in 1889, making it the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery. Today it houses portraits of historical figures such as Mary Queen of Scots and Robert Burns and more recent works depicting famous sportsmen and women, authors, actors and scientists. Further highlights include the museum’s Great Hall, which features an impressive painted frieze by 19th-century artist William Hole, and the Victorian Library.

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