Art & Culture

Get lost in the plethora of museums, galleries and theatres that make Edinburgh one of the world's cultural capitals

The best museums in Edinburgh
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The best museums in Edinburgh

In addition to the usual suspects (nature! Medicine! History!), Edinburgh is home to museums about firefighting, geology, money and... childhood!

The best art galleries in Edinburgh
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The best art galleries in Edinburgh

Works by contemporary artists from home and abroad are showcased here

The best theatres in Edinburgh
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The best theatres in Edinburgh

Home to the world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh boasts a thriving theatre calendar

Edinburgh's best bookshops
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Edinburgh's best bookshops

You're about to dive into UNESCO's first City of Literature

The best music venues in Edinburgh
Music

The best music venues in Edinburgh

From poky wee sweatboxes to grand old concert halls, the city's music scene caters to all

Where to get your culture on

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This 1889 gothic-style building tells the tale of Scotland since the 16th century

Summerhall
Art

Summerhall

Formerly a veterinary school, Summerhall is now a cutting-edge art and performance space

National Gallery Of Scotland Complex
Art

National Gallery Of Scotland Complex

In the heart of the city, the gallery hosts a permanent collection of classical art

Stills Gallery
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Stills Gallery

This photography centre built in 1977 offers production facilities and educational courses

The best museums and galleries in Edinburgh

Museum Of Childhood
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Museum Of Childhood

Child-centric in its entirety, the museum combines a vast collection of toys with artefacts from childhoods past

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Museum of Edinburgh
Museums

Museum of Edinburgh

Based in an authentic sixteenth century townhouse and its adjoining properties, this museum has history woven into its fabric

Fruitmarket Gallery
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Fruitmarket Gallery

Expect exhibitions by a range of influential British and international artists with a particular emphasis on high profile Scots

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Ingleby Gallery
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Ingleby Gallery

This repurposed former gig venue is now a versatile exhibition space