Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)

Film special effects superstar Ray Harryhausen elevated stop motion animation to an art. His innovative and inspiring filming, from the 1950s onwards, changed the face of modern movie making forever. Over the course of his career, Harryhausen brought model characters to life, mixing them with live action in a series of genre defining feature films including Clash of the Titans (1981), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958).

He also inspired a generation of filmmakers such as Peter Jackson, Aardman Animation, Tim Burton, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, and his influence on blockbuster cinema can be felt to this day. For the first time, highlights from Ray’s collection are showcased, it is the largest and widest-ranging exhibition of his work ever seen, with newly restored and previously unseen material from his incredible archive.

Virtual Exhibition Experience

Get a fascinating look inside the exhibition and hear from family, friends and contemporaries, as well as just a few of the writers, animators and filmmakers who tell how Harryhausen and his work left an indelible mark on them. The Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema Virtual Exhibition Experience includes an array of content options including five specially created films, images and texts from the exhibition as well as archive films and objects from Ray Harryhausen’s life and work.

The exhibition and the Virtual Exhibition Experience is a collaboration with The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema


Ray Harryhausen


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)

73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS

0131 624 6200



Opening times

26 April – 20 February 2022


10am – 5pm

Visitor information

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Toilets
  • Babychange
  • Café
  • Shop
  • Bike Stand
  • Hearing Loop
  • Changing Places

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£12-14, advance booking required

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)

Home to some of the world’s most famous art, the National Galleries of Scotland comprises four gallery buildings in Edinburgh: the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One and Two).

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)

73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS

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