King's Museum

photo of front of King's Museum

Welcome to King's Museum

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. The museum is closed from 19 December to 19 January, in preparation for the new exhibition 'Crafting Kingdoms: the rise of the northern Picts'.

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 museum is a friendly place, where passers-by, students, staff and tourists can drop in for a break; a place of stimulation and reflection in the middle of the busy campus.

Victorian Times

Victorian Time: Spirit of the Age

A student-curated exhibition at King’s Museum on the theme of Victorian time.

Launched this year the University of Aberdeen MLitt Museum Studies course is culminating in a student curated exhibition at King’s Museum. This will be an unmissable opportunity for the public to see rare objects from the University’s diverse collections, including a beautiful bracelet presented by Queen Victoria herself to a Deeside resident during the opening of the Aberdeen Music Hall in 1859. The exhibition will provide an insight into how time was valued in the Victorian era, exploring how the Victorians perceived the past, present and future through themes such as antiquities, communication and industry. 

The exhibition will be open in King's Museum from 10 June to 19 December 2014.