Gallery of the Day: Grand Gallery

December 19, 2011


Almost done, only a few more posts to go about the new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland. Of course, the biggest gallery of all is the Grand Gallery – that light filled, glass roofed atrium space that is so unique to Edinburgh. Some still bemoan the fact that the fish ponds had to move out, but in the history of the building they were added fairly recently and if you have seen the Grand Gallery restored to its original use as an exhibition space you will agree that it looks spectacular.

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It’s easy for an exhibit to feel lost in such a big space, so the museum has selected some of its biggest objects to fill the proverbial shoes, and also to reflect the vast diversity of the collections. The entire space is a highlight in itself, from the larger than life marble statue of James Watt at one end, to the giant deer skeleton at the other. Other personal favourites of mine include the 18th century Japanese Buddha and the Inchkeith lighthouse lens.

Things to do

Walk around the magnificent – both in size and in concept – exhibits, explore the Window on the World display (will be covered in a separate post) on the ground floor, or just do what people have been doing in this space for decades: sit back, marvel at the spectacular architecture and space, and watch the world go by!


* Please note that these are my own personal highlights and not necessarily recommended as such by the museum.


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