This month will bring the latest steps in the major redevelopment of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, with work now commencing in East Princes Street Gardens and continuing inside the Galleries.
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Here are the changes occurring from now until spring 2019: •Work will get underway to create a new accessible path, new landscaping and wider steps in East Princes Street Gardens.
•Gardens entrance to the Scottish National Gallery is now temporarily closed until spring 2019.
•The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant and main Gallery shop are now temporarily closed until spring 2019.
•An accessible toilet on the Mound precinct will be removed.
•Galleries to officially join the City of Edinburgh Council’s community toilet scheme.
Alternative facilities – including a souvenir shop inside the Gallery and the shop on Princes Street will be available as normal - as well as a new Espresso café opening at the Scottish National Gallery entrance on the Mound in early 2019.
Also due to start in this phase is the installation of a much larger lift and stairwell at the south end of the Scottish National Gallery, which will connect with the new gallery spaces and radically improve the way the whole building is accessed by visitors. While construction work continues on the stairwell, there will be some temporary disruption with no lift access to some rooms where we show 18th, 19th and early 20th Century Art, including Scottish Art, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.