Every year millions of people visit Edinburgh to take in its galleries and museums. Each season brings new and exciting exhibitions and we’re looking more closely at the next few months and some of the newest exhibitions you can enjoy in the city.
Monkey Business at the National Museum of Scotland
From 9th December until 23rd April 2017 visitors can immerse themselves in the world of the primates with Monkey Business at the National Museum of Scotland. Every kind of primate from the smallest grey mouse lemur to the majestic lowland gorilla can be explored and there’s a chance to look at our family tree and see exactly how closely related we are to each of the different primates. Over 60 taxidermy specimens will be on display with photographs, film and hands-on family-friendly interactive activities to enjoy.
Cards from the Ian Fleming Collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
From 5th November until 29th January quirky and original Christmas style comes to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Scottish printmaker Ian Fleming built fantastic relationships with many artists throughout his career and this exhibition is a very intimate display of Christmas cards from his archive, including designs from Scottish artists including William McTaggart, Anne Redpath and Frances Walker.
Bedtime Stories at the Museum of Childhood
From 10th October until 24th February the Bedtime Stories exhibition brings some of the most famous and beloved bedtime stories to the Museum of Childhood. Historic toys, mesmeric projections and beautiful quilts by both professional artists and amateurs fill the exhibition space. Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson are brought to life as part of the exhibition and it has a magical and enchanting, dream-like atmosphere.
Turner in January at the Scottish National Gallery
The Scottish National Gallery is very proud to be hosting an exhibition of Turner’s works, as happens annually each year. Welcome in 2017 by visiting Turner in January at the gallery, as for the whole of the month some of his finest works will be on display. The works span the whole of Turner’s career and they’re on display with real thanks to collector Henry Vaughan who bequeathed them on the basis that they would be exhibited to the public as a whole collection free of charge each January. Over 100 years the gallery has made sure Vaughan’s request has been fulfilled.
BP Portrait Award 2016 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The very best in contemporary portrait painting can be explored at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery until 26th March. Portraits from around the globe sit side by side and every kind of image, from simple sketches to searing and realist photo-realism style pieces. The first prize in the BP Portrait Award is £30,000 and it is the world’s most prestigious international portrait painting competition.