The city’s rich and diverse collections, exhibitions and public programmes are some of the most varied in the UK and can guarantee that there’s always something new for visitors to see.
Aberdeen Art Gallery is one of Scotland’s finest art galleries, re-opening in 2019 after a £30-million redevelopment. This project will double the number of galleries, with displays and interactives that will inform, engage and entertain the widest possible audience. Also run by Aberdeen City Council are three other venues. The Aberdeen Maritime Museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history, and has displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. The Tolbooth Museum in one of the best-preserved 17th century gaols in Scotland which features displays on local history and the development of crime and punishment through the centuries. The Aberdeen Treasure Hub is the Council’s main museum collection store where visitors are welcomed to learn more about the collections that they care for on behalf of the people of Aberdeen.
The Gordon Highlanders Museum is the only Visit Scotland 5-Star Attraction in Aberdeen, which tells the extraordinary 200 year story of “the Finest Regiment in the World!”.
The University’s own collections are spectacular, with collections ranking alongside the largest in Scotland and being one of few museums with its entire collection a Recognised Collection of National Significance. The collections include Scottish history and archaeology, Egyptian and Classical antiquities, World Cultures, coins and medals, fine art, scientific instruments, geology, zoology, a herbarium and medical collections. On the Old Aberdeen campus, visit King's Museum and the Gallery in the Sir Duncan Rice Gallery which feature changing exhibitions, and the Zoology Museum which is the only such museum in the north of Scotland.
There are many other museums in the region, notably the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford which boasts an impressive range of transport exhibits, from travelling chariots of the 1800's, to some of the fastest cars ever made. Duff House in Banff is as a a five-star country house and gallery, run in partnership by Aberdeenshire Council, Historic Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.