Museums and Galleries Tour in Aberdeen, Aberdeen (Self Guided)

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 in Aberdeen Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour in Aberdeen
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
Author: jenny
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Walking Tours in Aberdeen, Scotland

Create Your Own Walk in Aberdeen

Create Your Own Walk in Aberdeen

Creating your own self-guided walk in Aberdeen is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Churches Tour in Aberdeen

Churches Tour in Aberdeen

Aberdeen has architecturally-intriguing beautiful churches and cathedrals that make this city enjoyable for tourists. Some of them are located in the old part of the city, dating back to its beginnings. If Aberdeen's history and architecture interest you, this tour is the perfect way to explore them through the city's churches and cathedrals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Aberdeen is also known by the nickname the Granite City because almost all historically-important buildings were built from this material, which makes Aberdeen such a beautiful place. Most of the important landmarks are located on Union Street. Take this tour to discover some of Aberdeen's most popular and beautiful landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Aberdeen Nightlife Tour

Aberdeen Nightlife Tour

Throughout Aberdeen you can find a number of places to have a great night out. Clubs offer any type of music you could want: rock, pop, dance, techno, and live performances. This tour takes you to the most popular nightclubs in Aberdeen.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Aberdeen Old Town Tour

Aberdeen Old Town Tour

Old Aberdeen is characterized by well-preserved ancient dwellings, streets and some unique examples of architecture that present attractive point for all tourists visiting the city. Among the biggest draws of Aberdeen are King’s College, St. Machar’s Cathedral, and the Old Town House. Take this tour to discover the beauty of Aberdeen's Old Town.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Aberdeen for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Aberdeen has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Aberdeen, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.