Museums and galleries

St Cecilia’s Hall: Concert Room and Music Museum

Home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections anywhere in the world.

St Cecilia's Hall is Scotland's oldest purpose-built concert hall. Originally built by the Edinburgh Musical Society in 1762, the Georgian venue is a real hidden gem, tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh's Cowgate.

Having undergone a £6.5million renovation St Cecilia’s Hall and Music Museum is now the University’s first visitor attraction and a fantastic addition to Edinburgh’s offer of museums and event venues.

St Cecilia’s Hall comprises of a Concert Room, hosting a range of concerts and public events, and a Music Museum, which is open to the public and brings together the University's historic collection of musical instruments for the first time.

The collection

The Music Museum displays the University's unparalleled collection of musical instruments from across the globe, including its world-famous harpsichords, some of which are playable. Making this the only place in the world, it is claimed, that you can hear 18th-century music being played on 18th-century instruments in an 18th- century setting.

More than 400 instruments have been conserved as part of the redevelopment project by a dedicated conservation officer. This work continues, as the building features a dedicated space for treating instruments, which is visible for those visiting to see.

Opening times

Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5pm last admission 4:30 pm
Saturday 12 pm – 5pm last admission 4:30 pm
Saturday (August only) 10 am – 5pm last admission 4:30 pm

Access

Entrance to the Museum is from the Cowgate. The museum has a ramp at the entrance. Assistance is available if required.

There is a lift to the museum galleries.

Car parking is available for visitors with mobility limitations. Please contact the Museum in advance.

Find St Cecilia's Hall on campus maps

Further information

In addition to the Music Museum, St Cecilia’s Hall has a lively programme of adult and family events, education workshops, group tours, concerts, private and corporate events.

For more information see the St Cecilia's Hall website.

St Cecilia's Hall

Contact details

St Cecilia’s Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum

Contact details

Address

Street

Niddry Street
Cowgate

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH1 1NQ