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**In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors our Museums & Galleries will be closed until further notice.**

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 the wonderful Mimi's Bakehouse 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. 

Prints of many of the pieces in our collection can be purchased on ArtUK; below are just a few examples of our most popular images.

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.

Mimi's Bakehouse

Mimi's Bakehouse is an award-winning service-light cafe located in Edinburgh within the City Art Centre. Edinburgh's own family run Bakehouse specialise in bringing your favourite Mimi's cakes to take away but also offer a handpicked selection of all-day brunch and lunch dishes to sit-in. The cafe is also dog friendly. Due to the fast-paced nature of the Little Bakehouse stores, advanced bookings are not taken and tables are available for walk-in customers on a first come, first served basis. 

Opening Times: Sunday to Thursday, 8am-5pm & Friday to Saturday, 9am-6pm.

City Art Centre Access Guide

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

City Art Centre

For all accessibility enquiries please contact the venue on: 

+ 44 (0) 131 529 3993​

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

City Art Centre is a 4 star Visitor Attraction


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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Victoria Crowe

Victoria Crowe

Sat 18 May to Sun 13 Oct 2019

The City Art Centre is proud to present the first major survey devoted to the work of one of the UK’s most distinguished artists, Victoria Crowe....

Archived event

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Find out what's happening now and upcoming in our What's on section.

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