Edinburgh museums and galleries: when will Dynamic Earth, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Scotland and more open?

With rainy weather forecast for next week, many residents and visitors enjoying staycations will take the opportunity to revisit attractions forced to close due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Here we take a look at which museums are open, what you can see and how you can book your visit.

This page will be updated whenever new openings are announced.

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The National Museum of Scotland is now open to visitors, but what other museums and galleries in Edinburgh can you currently visit?

The city’s art center

The Market Street gallery opens its doors on Saturday May 15 with two exhibitions: “Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s” and “Charles H. Mackie: Color and Light”. Admission is free and can be reserved here.

The Writers’ Museum

No reopening date has yet been confirmed for the Writers’ Museum.

Edinburgh Museum

No reopening date has yet been confirmed for the Museum of Edinburgh.

The People’s History Museum

No reopening date has yet been confirmed for the People’s Story Museum.

Childhood Museum

No reopening date has yet been confirmed for the Children’s Museum.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern One

Modern One will open Monday, May 16, three days a week, Sunday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free tours can be booked here.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern Two

Modern Two is now open daily from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema exhibition. Tickets can be reserved here.

The Scottish National Gallery

The gallery is now open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free tours can be booked here.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Portrait Gallery reopens on Monday May 17 and will welcome visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Book a free ticket here.

The Fruitmarket Gallery

The gallery is closed for redevelopment and will reopen on July 7.

The National Museum of Scotland

The Chambers Street Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The next temporary exhibit, “The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure,” opens May 29. Free tours can be booked here.

Edinburgh Castle

The castle is now open to visitors from 9.30am to 5pm but all tickets must be booked in advance here.

National War Museum

The museum, located in Edinburgh Castle, is open from 9.45am to 4.45pm. Entry is included as part of admission to Edinburgh Castle.

Museum on the hill

The museum dedicated to everything related to taxation will reopen on June 1.

dynamic earth

The science museum will be open every weekend in May and June, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased here.

John Knox House

The oldest building on the Royal Mile is now open to visitors Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Book tickets here.

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

The gallery welcomes visitors to its exhibition “Victoria and Albert: our lives in watercolour”, from Thursday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can book here.

Holyrood Palace

The palace is open Thursday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can book tickets here.

The Royal Yacht Britannia

You can visit the yacht from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.

The Georgian house

The New Town Museum has now reopened and welcomes visitors Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book tickets here.

Talbot Rice Gallery

The contemporary art gallery reopens on Tuesday May 18, with the multi-artist exhibition “The Normal”. You can book a free visit, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., here.

The True Ending of Mary King

The attraction is scheduled to reopen on May 22. To book here.

Anatomical Museum

The University of Edinburgh Museum is currently closed to the public.