Located in the heart of Edinburgh close to Waverley train station, the City Art Centre’s aim is to champion historic and contemporary Scottish visual and applied arts.

Artworks from our nationally Recognised collection of Scottish art are displayed on a rotating basis. Visitors can also enjoy our richly diverse programme of changing exhibitions, which include historic and modern Scottish painting and photography, as well as contemporary art and craft.

An escalator and lift provide easy access to six floors, and the Centre also houses a great shop and café on the ground floor. Admission is normally free, although charges apply for some temporary exhibitions.

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The City of Edinburgh’s Art collection is one of the finest in Scotland, and includes works by the most important Scottish artists from the 17th century to the present day. It encompasses drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture as well as paintings, and numbers over 4,500 items. 

City Art Centre_Drummond painting
City Art Centre_Lorimer painting

It is a richly diverse collection, ranging from civic portraiture to contemporary abstraction. It continues to grow, using a generous bequest left to the City in the 1960s, with a focus on acquiring contemporary work as well as filling historic gaps.

City Art Centre Access Guide

Download our comprehensive access guide to find out how you can get to and around the City Art Centre. 

For all accessibility enquiries please contact the venue on: 

+ 44 (0) 131 529 3993​
museumsandgalleries@edinburgh.gov.uk

Inspiring, astonishing, just perfect. Thank you. Visitor from Switzerland, August 2017

City Art Centre is a 4 star Visitor Attraction

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James Howe, Horsefair in the Grassmarket, early19th Century. Oil on canvas

Our Fine Art Collection

The City of Edinburgh’s Fine Art collection is one of the most comprehensive in Scotland, and includes works by key Scottish artists from the 17th century to the present day.

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