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.

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What's On Brochure

Our new What's On guide is now available.  Discover all events and exhibitions in our museums and galleries between September and December 2017.

Edinburgh Alphabet Supporting Events

We have a range of events planned to support our Edinburgh Alphabet exhibition at the City Art Centre. These include talks and tours, walks, and family workshops.  To find out what's on view our Edinburgh Alphabet event listings or visit our event pages for full descriptions.

The Makar, Christine De Luca has produced an anthlogy of special poems for us inspired by the Edinburgh Alphabet, and is doing a series of readings (with other poets) 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.



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.