About Aberdeen on Sightseeing

Aberdeen’s Art Scene

Aberdeen’s Art Scene

Venture to Aberdeen's best Art Museums and Galleries.

  • ​​Kings Museum

University of Aberdeen, King's Museum, 17 High Street, Aberdeen

King’s Museum lies at the heart of the University's Old Aberdeen campus. As well as being Scotland's newest museum, it may also be the oldest as its origins lie in a museum collection established in King's College in 1727. King’s Museum has exhibitions changing every few months to display these collections, some involving students and academic staff collaborating with the museum to bring recent research to a wider audience. With a service for schools, evening lectures and other events, such as the annual ‘Night at the Museum’, the museum is a place where objects and ideas are explored in ways that would have been inconceivable to those who have collected and curated the collection over the past centuries.

  • The Tolbooth Museum

Castle Street, Aberdeen

The Tolbooth Museum is one of Aberdeen's oldest buildings and one of the best-preserved 17th century gaols in Scotland. It features displays on local history and the development of crime and punishment through the centuries. The Tolbooth Museum provides a unique experience in the form of its atmospheric 17th and 18th century cells, original doors and barred windows. Displays include the Maiden and the blade of Aberdeen's 17th century guillotine.

  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Shiprow, Aberdeen

Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea. This award-winning museum is located on the historic Shiprow and incorporates Provost Ross's House, which was built in 1593. The Maritime Museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. It is also the only place in the UK where visitors can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry, and offers a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbour.

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery

Schoolhill, Aberdeen

Aberdeen Art Gallery is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. A particularly attractive example of late 19th century architecture, it houses one of the finest art collections in Britain with paintings, sculpture and graphics from the 15th century to the present day. Highlights from the rich and diverse decorative arts collection combined with an exciting programme of special exhibitions ensures that there is always something new for visitors to see.

  • Gordon Highlanders Museum

St Luke’s, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen

The regimental museum of the Gordon Highlanders committed to preserving and sharing the legacy of the world-famous Gordon Highlanders for future generations. Based in the heart of north-east Scotland, in the beautiful former home of prominent Scottish artist, Sir George Reid, the Museum is constantly evolving.

  • Duthie Park

Duthie Park is a park of 44 acres which was donated to the city by Miss Duthie in 1880 and opened to the public in 1883. The park has many artefacts including a bandstand, fountains, ponds, and statues. Within the park is the Winter Gardens, which were rebuilt in 1970. These house many exotic plants including the largest collection of cacti in Britain. This is a park for all the family, with activities from boating in the ponds to cricket on the lawns.

  • The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree Aberdeen is one of the UK's most innovative and dynamic arts and music venues providing the community with a mixture of live music, dance, film, theatre, comedy, education and development projects. Open for lunches Wednesday to Sunday inclusive.

  • His Majesty’s Theatre

Opened in 1906 to the designs of the eminent Victorian architect Frank Matcham, His Majesty's Theatre was probably the first theatre in the world to be built entirely of granite. Placed at the head of Union Terrace Gardens it enjoys one of the most beautiful urban settings in the country. The theatre commands enthusiastic support from a discerning audience from the city of Aberdeen and its hinterland stretching from Elgin in the north to Dundee in the south.

  • The Music Hall

Since 1822, the Music Hall has been the heart of the concert and community life in the North East of Scotland. A celebrated landmark in the city's main thoroughfare of Union Street, the Music Hall is a proud reminder of Aberdeen's most famous architect, Archibald Simpson. The Music Hall plays host to an ever widening range of events including programmes of Classical, Folk, Rock, Pop and Jazz music.

  • Duff House

Banff, Banffshire

Duff House is the premier outstation of the National Galleries of Scotland and houses a collection of fine paintings and furniture. Located in Banff, Duff House was designed by Scottish architect William Adam in the 18th century. In the house visitors can find a stunning collection of paintings and furniture, and there are plenty of walking opportunities in the parkland of the surrounding area.

By Anita Draycott

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