Old Town House, Aberdeen

Old Town House, Aberdeen

The Old Town House is an ideal example of Scottish architecture. It is so emblematic of 18th century design that it is used as the logo for the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland. The Old Town House was designed by George Jaffray in the Georgian architectural style. It was completed in 1788.

In its heyday, the Old Town House functioned as the center of the trading community. However, the city quickly outgrew the small house and a much larger building was commissioned. The Old Town House is now home to the King's Museum.

The museum displays rotating exhibitions from the University of Aberdeen. Students and academic staff work together to find exhibits from the university's past to share with the public. They also offer services for schools and evening lectures.

King's Museum in the Old Town House is open to visitors from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Tuesday through Saturday.

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Old Town House on Map

Sight Name: Old Town House
Sight Location: Aberdeen, Scotland (See walking tours in Aberdeen)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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