City Art Centre

Enjoy a visit to the City Art Centre, a main Edinburgh art gallery with one of the best collections of Scottish art. We show interesting exhibitions from our own collections and from all over the world. We can also tempt you with an attractive shop located on the ground floor.

The City Art Centre has a busy programme of exhibitions which change regularly to suit the interests of our visitors. People come to see favourites from the City’s nationally Recognised collection of Scottish art; new work from local or international artists or exhibitions from other countries. Exhibitions of historic and modern photography, contemporary art and design, architecture and the built environment are staged in a rolling programme.  We have shown Egyptian and Roman objects and even featured artwork and costumes from the Star Wars films.

An escalator and lift help you move around six floors, and you can be refreshed by sampling the menus in the café, or buy art books, cards, handbags and jewellery from our ground floor shop.

The City Art Centre is conveniently placed near to the Waverley rail station in the city centre.

Let us know what you thought of your visit to the City Art Centre!

Change of opening hours

From 24 October 2016 the City Art Centre will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday to Sunday opening hours will remain unchanged. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Festival of Museums Weekend: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017

Join us as we celebrate our museums and collections.  From a delectable Edwardian themed afternoon tea to an energising street ceilidh, along with family animation sessions, choral performances, storytelling, and quiz night; these form just part of the activities included in our Festival of Museums weekend at the City Art Centre which perfectly complements our Edinburgh Alphabet exhibition. 


For more information on the line-up for the Festival of Museums view our event listings for Saturday  and Sunday.


Come and explore our brand new ArtSpace in the collection gallery. Have fun experimenting with our inspiring art materials and create landscapes, collages and portraits. This space is open during normal gallery opening times and is FREE for everyone. On Saturdays between 2pm and 3pm join one of our facilitated art sessions and get messy experimenting with lots of great art ideas. No booking necessary.

Our Art Cart is also out with free worksheets for families.

 #CaptureEdinburgh and enter our photography competition. You could see your image on display in the City Art Centre!

A view of the street frontage of the City Art Centre


Find out more about the City Art Centre, home to the city's Fine Art collection and a range of exciting exhibitions.

A view of the refurbished cafe with a light lunch being served at one of the waiter service tables

Visitor Information

Details of our opening hours, facilities and where to find us.

A view of a spacious gallery in the City Art Centre


The gallery has a selection of fantastic exhibitions for you to enjoy over the coming months.

Alexander Nasmyth, The Port of Leith, 1824


Find out more about the Fine Art collections of  the City Art Centre.

Changing seasons workshop autumn 2015


Find out more about our exciting programme of activities and events for families, schools and adults.

The City Art Centre Shop


The City Art Centre has a beautiful ground floor shop offering a range of tempting gifts, books, art cards and more.

Going bananas

Did you Know?

Going bananas

Did you Know?

Going bananas

The City Art Centre was built in 1899 as a fruit and vegetable warehouse and it was over 50 years before it was transformed into an art gallery.