Museums and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Aberdeen

Aberdeen has many museums in its center that specialize in local history. Galleries give visitors the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the works of local artists and to learn about the city's cultural richness. Take this tour to discover the offerings of Aberdeen's museums and galleries.
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Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: Scotland » Aberdeen (See other walking tours in Aberdeen)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum
  • The Tolbooth
  • Provost Skene's House
  • Aberdeen Science Centre
  • University of Aberdeen Museum
Aberdeen Maritime Museum

1) Aberdeen Maritime Museum (must see)

Aberdeen Maritime Museum is situated on the historic Shiprow in the heart of the city, near the harbour and makes use of a range of buildings including a former church and the Provost Ross' House, one of the oldest domestic buildings in the city.

The museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the North Sea. Collections cover shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. Its displays include ship and oil rig models, paintings, clipper ship and "North Boats" material, fishing, whalers and commercial trawlers, North Sea oil industry, and the marine environment. The museum also commands a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbor.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 3 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Tolbooth

2) The Tolbooth (must see)

The Tolbooth is a 17th century former jail which is now operated as a museum. It was built between 1616 and 1629 and is attached to the Aberdeen Sheriff Court on the city centre's Union Street. The museum contains exhibits of prison cells and various police, law and order related items. It housed over 50 Jacobite prisoners after the Battle of Culloden. The building is claimed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Aberdeen and has been subjected to many investigations by paranormal investigation teams.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm - 3 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Provost Skene's House

3) Provost Skene's House (must see)

Editor's note: Provost Skene's house is under redevelopment and is scheduled to re-open in 2020.

Dating from 1545, Provost Skene's House was bought in 1669 by Provost Skene. The house was opened to the public in 1953 as a 'Period House and Museum of Local History' by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

The rooms have been furnished in the style of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. There are collections of coins and local history, while the Painted Gallery contains a series of religious paintings. The Costume Gallery presents regularly changing displays of period dress. The house is much altered, but is a rare survival of Aberdeen's medieval burgh architecture. Rated a three star museum by the Scottish Tourist Board, the museum is free to the public.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Aberdeen Science Centre

4) Aberdeen Science Centre (must see)

Aberdeen Science Centre (formerly Satrosphere Science Centre) is a science museum in Aberdeen. It contains exhibits aimed mainly at younger children and attracts primary school groups around the year. Its exhibits are 'hands on' so that everything can be played with and examined.

The centre is a registered non-profit organization that is funded by the public and donations from local corporate sponsors. Birthday parties and other events for children may be held here by prior arrangement.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm; Tuesday: 10 am – 3 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
University of Aberdeen Museum

5) University of Aberdeen Museum

University of Aberdeen holds a great number of exhibitions on different themes. There is an anatomy museum and a mineral museum. The first one has a collection of fluid-preserved specimens of human tissue, historical and modern models and works on paper, and a series of anatomical drawings by the known artist Alberto Morrocco. The mineral museum has a collection of minerals that the Geology Department collected through time.

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