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Our outreach service works in partnership with Edinburgh’s communities to break down barriers to connecting with museums and galleries.

Through our outreach work community groups can participate in, or co-create a wide variety of activities, exhibitions or events. The programme focuses on those who, for various reasons, face barriers to accessing museum and gallery resources. This involves working in partnership with community and special interest groups across Edinburgh’s different neighbourhoods.

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To find out more or to book about any outreach services please contact


A group of people listen to the curator and admire artwork on display at the City Art Centre

Handling Boxes

*Please note our handling box service is currently on hold while we fill a staff vacancy*

Our handling boxes are split into loan boxes (aimed at schools) and reminiscence boxes (aimed at older people’s groups), however they can be borrowed by any community organisation.  The service is free and boxes can be borrowed for up to two weeks. Please note we are unable to deliver handling boxes. The boxes can be picked up at the City Art Centre any time during opening hours (10am-5pm, 7 days a week ). Please book at least one week in advance to avoid disappointment.

Loan boxes for schools

  • World War 2
  • Victorians
  • Traditional Games
  • Schools and Schooldays
  • Toys (3 boxes available)
  • Edwardians
  • Faith and Festivals: World Religions
  • 1950s
  • Romans
  • Japan
  • Play in South Asia

Reminiscence boxes for older people’s and adult groups

  • Life in the Home
  • Keeping Clean and Healthy
  • Growing up in South Queensferry.
  • Leisure and Going Out
  • World War 2
  • Work
  • Street Games
  • Schooldays
  • Sports and Hobbies
  • Trips, Treats and Celebrations
  • The Baby


Three members of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association admire an exhibition at the Museum of Edinburgh

Community exhibitions

Temporary exhibitions displayed in community venues such as libraries, schools, care homes and shopping centres are a key part of our outreach programme. This aligns with the City of Edinburgh Council’s 20-minute neighbourhood plan and Citywide Culture Strategy (2023-2030), bringing cultural opportunities to local neighbourhoods across Edinburgh.

Spaces are also available for community organisations to mount temporary exhibitions within Museums & Galleries Edinburgh venues.