Scotland’s Museums are free, except for appreciated donations or special exhibits. This is great because you can go lots of times and not get museum exhaustion from trying to see everything at once. The National Galleries of Scotland are composed of 3 separate galleries.
National Gallery - World Art Collection and special exhibits of Scottish Artists
Portrait Gallery - Faces of Scotland past and present, beautiful building, lovely metal work on the railings.
Scottish National Museum of Modern Art - Two buildings of Modern and Contemporary Art, special exhibits, and a wonderful sculpture park.
City Art Centre - An excellent collection of Scottish Art, also host international touring exhibitions of fine art, photography and design. Currently, showing "A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D'Arcy Thompson" and, fitting in with it, "Peter Randal, Works on Paper". And across the street is the Fruit Market Gallery, with a great cafe and a superb exhibit space with a William Kentridge & Vivienne Koorland exhibit.
Summerhall - the former Royal School of Veterinary Medicine, is now a creative hub for the arts with studios and workplace spaces, cafe, restaurant and the Royal Dick Bar. There are exhibits in the hallways, the cafe and other rooms. And here's what I learned there:
Dovecot Studios - a center for contemporary art, craft and design built around a leading international tapestry studio, originally established as an offshoot of William Morris workshops at Merton Abbey in London. The building is fantastic, a redesigned infirmary bath house, with the tapestry weaving floor at the bottom of the old swimming pool.