Your Friends membership

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

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

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

A new Friends benefit for summer 2023

10% discount in all gallery shops and online

From 1 June 2023, Friends now benefit from a 10% discount in all gallery shops and online. 

To enjoy this discount in person, please present your Friends card which will then be scanned by one of the retail team. To use this offer online, please look out for the promo code in our Friends communications. If you cannot find the code, please contact [email protected].

Every purchase you make supports the work we do to care for the national collection. Terms and conditions apply*.

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 the Friends for the first time, then your card will be sent out by post with your welcome pack within 10 working days. If you are visiting the galleries before your welcome pack arrives, you can collect a temporary Friends card and parking pass from any of our Information Desks.

If you have recently renewed your membership, then your existing Friends card will be reactivated. Please note that we no longer issue a new card for each year of membership.

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

Grayson Perry | Smash Hits

From Sat 22 Jul 2023 - Sun 12 Nov 2023

Tickets are now on sale for the biggest ever retrospective of Sir Grayson Perry's work, gathering together 40 years of perceptive, provocative art from one of the UK's best loved artists. 

Friends receive free entry to all National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions but are advised to book a timed ticket in advance to guarantee entry at your chosen time.

When booking, please ensure you select the 'Friends and Patrons' ticket type and log in using the email address linked to your Friends membership. Your exhibition ticket discount will then be applied at the checkout. If the discount is not applied, please contact us.

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Friends events programme

We offer a wide range of exclusive events for Friends to enjoy. These range from peeks behind the scenes to day trips further afield, as well as regular talks and lectures.

Booking for Friends events opens on a specific day at the beginning of each season's programme. Each new programme will be sent to Friends by post and/or email, depending on your contact preferences. As our events are popular we advise booking as soon as possible after tickets are released to avoid disappointment. 

The links to view quarterly online talks are sent out as part of the Friends email newsletter. No booking or advance registration is required in order to view these. If you have a Friends membership but do not currently receive our Friends email newsletter, please contact us to sign up.

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

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.


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 additional benefits and support us further.

Contact us now to upgrade.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Contact the Friends team

Contact the Friends team

Email: [email protected]

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

Phone - Friends Events: You can call our dedicated Friends events booking line on 0300 003 0062

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

Other ways to support us

Other ways to support us