New Online Programme

While Collective is closed we are working towards our mission in new and creative ways. Find out more about our approach on our News page, or visit our What's On section for details of our new online programme and loose parts play activities for children.

Collective - Now Open

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Explore Collective

1

The Lookout

The distinctive restaurant which forms the north-west corner of Collective. The building was designed by Collective Architecture to complement the older buildings and was completed in 2018.

2

The Hillside

The Hillside is set into the excavated hillside in front of the Observatory and is a space for looking at and thinking about new art work. Collective’s office is located here, while on the roof of the building a viewing terrace offers an extraordinary panoramic vista.

3

The City Dome

The largest dome at Collective. It was built in 1895 to house the Buckingham telescope, as its 22-inch lens was too large for Playfair’s Observatory. The Dome was re-purposed as a space for displaying contemporary art in 2014 and now hosts a changing programme of exhibitions and installations.

4

Playfair Monument

The Playfair Monument was designed by architect William Henry Playfair and dedicated to his Uncle, John Playfair, the first President of the Astronomical Society which founded the Observatory.

5

The City Observatory

Designed by William Henry Playfair in 1818 and the birthplace of astronomy and timekeeping in Edinburgh. The building houses two telescopes, a shop showcasing the work of contemporary artists and makers, and a library which is open to visitors.

6

The Transit House

Completed in 1812 and housed a transit telescope, which was used to calculate accurate time. Sailors would climb Calton Hill from the Port of Leith to set their chronometers by the clock in the window. The Transit House is now a learning space for visiting schools and groups.