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!

Please note that from 25 to 31 July inclusive, the City Art Centre cafe will provide a limited menu only of soup, filled rolls, and cakes, as well as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and soft drinks. Our new provider will take over the reins on 1 August.


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.

Download a pdf of our Summer 2016 events and exhibitions brochure or view the flippable e-book.

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.

City Art Centre Cafe

Visitor Information

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

Coming Into Fashion Summer 2013 (Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 - detail)


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

Samuel Peploe, Still life with pears and grapes


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

Festival of Museums 2012


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.