4 Best Museums in Aberdeen

Jun 13, 2018

From scientific exploration to Scotland’s most notorious prison, the Granite City sports an array of museums to while away a few hours in.

Check out some of our favourites below – four of the very best museums in Aberdeen await the adventurous…

The Tolbooth Museum

Once home to the city’s criminals, the 17th century Tolbooth is one of Aberdeen’s oldest remaining buildings.

Explore crime and punishment through the ages on a grisly tale of some of the city’s famous criminals and their sentences.

The Tolbooth features some of its original cells, as well as torture equipment and a sinister guillotine, once used to execute Aberdeen’s most feared prisoners.

Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ (thetolboothmuseum)

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

As Scotland’s port city, Aberdeen’s history is a maritime one, filled with stories of shipbuilders and sailors.

The Maritime Museum is the city’s ode to the sea. The Museum is located in the historic Provost Ross’ House on Shiprow, one of the oldest areas of Aberdeen.

Inside you’ll find the story of Aberdeen’s shipbuilding heritage, from commercial whalers to current trawlers, as well as more modern industrial endeavours in the North Sea oil fields.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, AB11 1BY (aberdeenmaritime)

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The Gordon Highlanders Museum

This little museum tells the story of one of the nation’s most famous military regiments. The green-tartaned Gordon Highlanders existed as a unit within the British Army from 1794 to 1994.

Wars took the men from the heat of Egypt and South Africa in the late 19th century to the trenches of France during the World Wars.

Dubbed “the finest regiment in the world” by Winston Churchill, the Highlanders’ illustrious history is documented here, from uniforms and medals to film and photography.

St Luke’s, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen AB15 7XH (gordonhighlanders)

The University’s Zoology Museum

Part of the Uni of Aberdeen’s stunning collection of museums, the Zoology Museum is home to animal exhibitions from across the globe.

Explore the natural world, from huge whale skeletons to the remains of ancient dinosaurs. If the weather’s decent (though remember, this is Aberdeen), there is a wonderful Botanic Garden out the back to admire too.

Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ (zoologymuseum)

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