Aberdonians in the Americas

Aberdonians in the Americas

Migrants and adventurers from Mexico to Paraguay

A new exhibition at the University of Aberdeen’s King’s Museum explores the lives of five local collectors who travelled to Latin America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They went to seek their fortunes for different reasons - as explorers, doctors, miners, or missionaries – and met cultures and experiences strikingly different from their lives at home.


Aberdonians in the Americas draws on the University of Aberdeen’s rich South American collections to explore the hidden stories behind the donations that these collectors made to the University of Aberdeen of material relating to their work and travels. It includes objects whose connections with local collectors were re-discovered during the course of the exhibition, from a stalactite from a Bolivian tin mine to a ‘diabolical’ mata mata turtle that was fished out of the River Amazon.

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University of Aberdeen Museums
King's Museum

University of Aberdeen Museums

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