St. Cecilia´s Hall

Enjoy a musical family visit to St.Cecilia’s Hall Museum of Instruments in Edinburgh. Built in 1763, it is Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall and was designed by Robert Mylne for the Edinburgh Musical Society. It was purchased by the University of Edinburgh in 1959. It houses an outstanding display of some fifty of the world’s most important and well-preserved early keyboard and plucked instruments from the sixteenth century to the present day, including; organs, harpsichords, fortepianos, guitars, harps and lutes, with many of them still in playing order.

The activity trail introduces instruments to young children and the hands-on kiosks give them the chance to “play” the historic keyboards. They can try their hand at different crafts and make their own musical instrument.

Address: Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1LJ
Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 2805
Opening hours: Saturday 14:00 − 17:00 Wednesday 14:00 − 17:00
For the period of the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals it is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10:30 − 17:00