Your visit

City Art Centre

The City Art Centre is an impressive nine storey former warehouse in the centre of Edinburgh. Originally constructed between 1899 and 1902, as part of the Scotsman newspaper buildings, it was converted to a gallery in 1980 and houses light and airy exhibition galleries over six floors.

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 behind Waverley rail station in the city centre. 


Important Information: In keeping with Government advice in order to protect and maintain the safety of 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 face coverings while offering visitors a very warm, socially distanced welcome. Visitors are asked to wear face coverings and to pre-book free tickets for allocated time slots in advance here.

Daily, 10am – 5pm
Disabled AccessToiletsBabychangingCafeShop


City Art Centre
2 Market Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

0131 529 3993

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