What’s On

Visiting our museum

Opening Hours:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10:00 – 16:30
Wednesday – 10:00 – 16:30
Thursday – 10:00 – 16:30
Friday – 10:00 – 16:30
Saturday – 10:00 – 16:30
Sunday – Closed

St Cecilia’s Hall will be closing early at 2pm on 13 December 2022.

Christmas closure dates: Saturday 17th December 2022 – 4th January 2023.

Coming Up

St Cecilia’s Big Celebration Day 2022 │ 19 November 2022, 13:00 – 17:00 │ 4 hours of free, eclectic music show-casing the love of community music-making in Edinburgh and the Lothians │ Book here

Georgian Concert Society Concert Series 2022 │ 4 February 2023, 16:30 │ Tom Foster, harpsichord, Georgia Browne, flute and Tuomo Suni, violin: Virtuosity of the French Baroque │ To book tickets for this concert click here

Museum Socials

Our Social Programme creates a friendly environment where everyone is welcome and all contributions are valued. Sessions start with tea and cake, and feature a range of activities inspired by our collections, building confidence, inspiring creativity and having fun. They are suitable for those who might be regular visitors, those who have always loved visiting, as well as those who have never come to our museum before. Sessions run from 10:30-12:00.

Upcoming session dates:

Family Programme

One of the St Cecilia's Team explaining how a Harpsichord works on one of our school tours

Families and children of all ages are always welcome at St Cecilia’s Hall. Come and have fun together while learning about the history of musical instruments.

Our children’s tour can help introduce the instruments to young children while our hands-on interactive ‘discover drawers’ allow visitors both young and old the opportunity to uncover how instruments work.

Children can explore the museum with our Discovery Trail – ask for it at the front desk when you arrive!.

We run a wide range of practical, hands-on workshops, led by musical instrument specialists throughout the year. Look at the Upcoming Events section below to see when the next activity is taking place or contact SCHevents@ed.ac.uk for more information.

In addition, tours or other activities can be arranged to cater for special interests and a varied needs. Please contact SCHgroupvisits@ed.ac.uk for more information.

Venue Hire

St Cecilia’s Hall, located off the iconic Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town provides contemporary facilities and comfort, within the stunning 1763 heritage building, uniquely home to a world class collection of musical instruments.

We welcome bookings for events that support the museum’s core purpose as a concert hall for live music, and museum of music and musical instruments.

We have two separate spaces available for hire to suit a range of events / activities and budgets:

The Sypert Concert Room  (first floor) – max capacity 180 (this number includes all staffing/performers/speakers etc).

The Laigh Hall*  (ground floor) –  for receptions/refreshments max capacity 80.

St Cecilia’s Hall opening event for CRC Staff, 18th May 2017.

Note that the Laigh Hall itself is divided in 2 by a glass wall creating 2 spaces, both these spaces comprise the Laigh Hall.

Please note absolutely no catering is permitted in the Sypert Concert Room however refreshments can be served in the ground floor Laigh Hall and Historic Foyer. Catering must be arranged separately by the client as St Cecilia’s does not provide this service.

If you would like to enquire about venue hire at St. Cecilia’s full details and prices are available here or email us for more details: SCHEvents@ed.ac.uk