National Gallery of Scotland - Being a city with such a colourful past, Edinburgh boasts an immense variety of galleries and museums. The National Gallery of Scotland, stands in all its grandeur on The Mound between East and West Princes Street Gardens. Its collection contains over 20,000 paintings and drawings, and there are regular exhibitions of world-renowned collections. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street is host to the national collection of portraits, all of those being of Scots, in addition to the Scottish National Photography Collection. The Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street is dedicated to the history, people and culture of Scotland through the ages. This modern museum is an unusual and striking structure in Edinburgh's historic Old Town. Peruse works and personal artifacts of the Scottish literary greats, including Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, at the Edinburgh Writer's Museum. Admission to many of the city's museums and galleries is free.