Become a Friend

Become a Friend to enjoy unique access to the nation’s art collection with unlimited free entry to exhibitions, a chance to see them first at Friends-only previews, a 10% discount in gallery shops & cafés as well as a bespoke programme of exclusive events throughout the year. Find out more about the forthcoming exhibitions in 2024 that you would have unlimited access to by becoming a Friend.

You can also share the gift of unparalleled access to the National Galleries of Scotland with a Friends gift voucher.

Friends benefits

  • Unlimited free entry to all exhibitions for one year (during public opening hours)

  • Free entry for up to 4 family children under the age of 18

  • 10% discount in all gallery shops and cafés

  • See exhibitions first at Friends-only previews

  • An exclusive talks and events programme

  • Free parking at the Modern (when visiting) 

Philanthropic Friends will enjoy these extra benefits: 

  • Priority booking for Friends events

  • Invitations to selected events to bring you closer to the work you are helping to fund

Choose your Friends membership package

 Please choose a category below to join or renew your Friends membership. If you choose to Auto-renew* you will benefit from a £5 discount. You can immediately book your free Grayson Perry tickets online or in person at the galleries.

If you are joining the Friends for the first time, then your membership card and welcome pack will be dispatched by post within 10 working days. If you are visiting the galleries before your welcome pack arrives, you can collect a temporary Friends card from any of our Information Desks. If you are renewing your membership, then your existing Friends card will be reactivated immediately. Please see the 'Join and renew help' for more information.

Please note that it is only possible to purchase a membership for someone else using the 'gift voucher' options. Please see the 'Gift Voucher help' for more information.

Join our Philanthropic Friends today and help us every day of the year:

Our Philanthropic Friends enjoy all the membership benefits of being a Duo Friend and give a little extra support to help us inspire audiences all year round.

Philanthropic Friends contributions can be made online. To discuss other methods of payment or monthly donations, please call us directly on 0300 003 0057.

See every exhibition for free as a Friend

See every exhibition for free as a Friend

Friends receive unlimited free entry to all National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions. Current and upcoming highlights include:

Grayson Perry

The biggest ever exhibition of Grayson Perry’s work, covering his 40-year career.

Rembrandt to Rego | The Printmaker’s Art

Experience the print pioneers who have made their mark in the last five hundred years. 

Sir John Lavery

Next summer we will stage the first exhibition in over thirty years to focus on the work of the significant Irish artist Sir John Lavery. 

Friends events

Our Friends

Alberta Whittle Tour

Modern One

Tue 5 Sep & Tue 24 Oct 2023
6 - 8pm

£14, Friends only

Booking essential

Our Friends
Lecture or talk SOLD OUT

A Scottish Colourist in our Midst | F.C.B. Cadell


Tue 7 Nov 2023

6 - 8pm

£14, Friends and guests

Booking essential

Our Friends
Lecture or talk

Old Master Drawings | Lecture Series with Christopher Baker


Fri 10, Thu 16, Thu 23 Nov 2023
10.30am - 12 noon

£33, Friends and guests

Booking essential

Our Friends
Lecture or talk SOLD OUT

Scottish Art in 100 Works


Wed 15 Nov 2023

6 - 8pm

Booking required, Friends and guests

Booking essential

Over 10,000 people currently enjoy our Friends benefits

  • “I get so much out of being a Friend, particularly through the wide variety of events on offer. I never miss an exhibition, and love that I can visit as often as I like, often taking a friend along too.”

  • “I love having free unlimited access to exhibitions across all the galleries. Together with the discount in the cafés, it’s the perfect place for a revision break.”

Your support is important to us

As a Friend, you are part of a vibrant community of art lovers whose support is critical in helping us to make art work for everyone. Friends help us conserve, research, grow and care for the nation’s collection of art, showcase world-class exhibitions and deliver an expansive year-round programme of learning and engagement activity. 

Friends have supported exhibitions such as Rembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the Master, Bridget Riley and Raquib Shaw: Reinventing the Old Masters. Several special commissions have been made possible thanks to our Friends such as the Portrait of James Naughtie by Brendan Kelly and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Harry Benson.

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Contact the Friends team

Contact the Friends team

Email: [email protected]

Phone: You can call the Friends team directly on 0300 003 0057

Post: National Galleries of Scotland, Modern Two Lodge, 72 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS

Other ways to support us

Other ways to support us