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The City Art Centre is open to the public with the current exhibitions including: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s running until 6th June 2021, E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas running until 14 March 2021 and Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures exhibition open until 11 April 2021. 

Exhibitions are free to attend but allocated time slots must be booked in advance. Please book your time slot here

The City Art Centre will be open daily from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4.20pm each day. 

In keeping with Government advice in order to protect and maintain the safety of our visitors and staff, the City Art Centre has introduced a range of new safety measures and procedures throughout the venue, including a one-way system, installation of screens at reception, hand sanitiser stations, extra barriers and signage and staff will of course be wearing visors while offering visitors a very warm, socially distanced welcome. For the safety of all staff and visitors we request that all visitors wear face coverings inside the gallery unless there is a medical exemption.

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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City Art Centre reopens with City Art Centre at 40 & Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

City Art Centre reopens with City Art Centre at 40 & Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

City Art Centre is Good To Go

The City Art Centre has been granted Good To Go Status, the Industry Standard mark means that our gallery has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Make your own tartan craft with us to celebrate Burns Night

Make your own tartan craft with us to celebrate Burns Night

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

George Henry, The Chalk Pit, 1922. City Art Centre, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh.

Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

Sat 12 Sep 2020 to Sun 6 Jun 2021 Booking for this exhibition is currently suspended, as the City Art Centre is closed, in line with advice from the Government, to protect the health... More info