Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen AB11 5BY


The City's award-winning Maritime Museum brings the history of the North Sea to life. View multimedia displays and exciting exhibitions on the offshore oil industry, shipbuilding, fishing and clipper ships.

Aberdeen University, Zoology Museum

Department of Zoology, Zoology Building, Tillydrone Avenue, King's College
Aberdeen AB24 2TZ


Aberdeen University has the only large, international collection of zoological specimens in the north of Scotland. The Zoology Museum's collections are worldwide in scope and cover more than 200 years of biological study at the University.

Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Aden Country Park, Mintlaw
Peterhead AB42 5FQ


Delightful country park location with children's play area and walks. Relive the story of our famous farming past in the beautiful surroundings of Aden Country Park. Start at the unique, semi-circular Home Farm steading by exploring the 'Aden Estate Story' and the 'Weel Vrocht Grun' exhibitions. Visit Hareshowe, a working farm set in the 1950s.

Arbuthnot Museum & Gallery

St Peter Street
Peterhead AB42 1QD


Discover the wealth of Peterhead's maritime history in one of Aberdeenshire's oldest museums. Collections: See models showing the development of Peterhead fishing boats, an important collection of Inuit Artifacts, displays on Arctic animals and whaling, one of Northern Scotland's largest coin collections and temporary exhibitions with regularly changing programme of events.

Banchory Museum

Bridge Street
Banchory AB31 5SX


Visit Banchory Museum - gateway to Royal Deeside - and learn about the life of Banchory-born musician and composer, J. Scott Skinner, the 'Strathspey King'.

Banff Museum

High Street
Banff AB45 1AE


Visit one of Scotland's oldest museums, founded in 1828. See an electro-type copy of the Deskford Carnyx, a unique 2000-year-old war trumpet, as well as an award-winning natural history display.

Blairs Museum

South Deeside Road
Aberdeen AB12 5YQ


Housed in part of a former college, Blairs Museum gives a unique insight into Scotland's Catholic history and heritage with spectacular collections spanning more than 500 years.

Brander Museum

The Square
Huntly AB54 8AE


See civic regalia, an extensive collection of communion tokens, displays on Huntly textile industry and learn about Huntly-born author George MacDonald, 19th century arms and armour from Sudan, and archaeological finds from Huntly Castle.

Fordyce Joiners Workshop

Church Street
Fordyce AB45 2SL


Discover the importance of the rural carpenter to the local community in the days before mass produced goods, with displays of early tools and audio-visual presentation. Collections: See a craftsman working in wood, relax in a Victorian-style garden and view early workshop machinery.

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre

Quarry Road
Fraserburgh AB43 9DT


The heritage centre is leased by Fraserburgh Heritage Society and operated on a voluntary basis. The building was originally a barrel store, then the foundry of the Consolidated Pneumatic Tool Company Ltd, before being converted to a modern visitor centre which illustrates the history of Fraserburgh and its people.

Garlogie Mill Power House Museum

SkeneWesthill AB32 6RX


Relive the early days of the industrial revolution at Garlogie Mill. See the rare beam engine - the only one of its type to have survived intact on its original location - which powered the woollen mill.

Gordon Highlanders Museum, The

St Luke's, Viewfield Road
Aberdeen AB15 7XH


From the Napoleonic wars to the modern day, you can re-live the compelling and dramatic story of The Gordon Highlanders through our spectacular and interactive displays. The museum is housed in the former home and studio of prominent Scottish artist, Sir George Reid. Collections: The museum houses the regimental treasures of The Gordon Highlanders collected over 200 years and includes medals, weapons, textiles, silver, ceramics, photography, art and an extensive archive.

Grampian Transport Museum

Grampian Transport Museum
Alford AB33 8AE


Dramatic displays, working exhibits and DVD presentations trace the history of road travel and transport in the North East of Scotland. Horse drawn, motor cars, motorcycles, pedal cycles, steam and commercial vehicles are represented. Approximately 50 motor vehicles and 50 motorcycles.

King's Museum, University of Aberdeen

Old Aberdeen Town House, High Street
Aberdeen AB24 3EN


King's Museum lies at the heart of the University's Old Aberdeen campus. Its origins lie in a museum collection established in King's College in 1727. 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.

Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen

Marischal College, Broad Street
Aberdeen AB10 1YS


In the centre of Aberdeen, the museum lies in the University of Aberdeen's Marischal College, the second-largest granite structure in the world. The museum was founded in 1786, with material that has been donated by generations of friends and graduates of the university.

Maud Railway Museum

Maud Railway Station
Maud AB42 5LY


Relive the great days of steam trains at the former Maud Railway Station. Sound effects add to the nostalgia of varied displays of railway memorabilia.

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, The

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Kinnaird Head
Fraserburgh AB43 9DU


Discover the skill, dedication, science and romance of Scotland's lighthouses in the only dedicated museum in the United Kingdom. In the company of our friendly guides, climb the 72 steps up the first lighthouse in Scotland. Collections: The museum tells the story of the Stevenson family, lighthouse engineers to the world, the story of the lighthouse service in Scotland and the Keepers and their families who manned the Scottish lighthouses.

Peterhead Maritime Heritage

South Road, Aberdeenshire
Peterhead AB42 2YP


Visit one of Aberdeenshire's latest visitor attractions, built next to the shore on South Bay, Peterhead in an award-winning building. Experience Peterhead's maritime life past and present in picture and sound.

Provost Skene's House

Guestrow, off Broad Street
Aberdeen AB10 1AS


Dating from 1545, Provost Skene's House now houses an attractive series of period room settings, recalling the elegant furnishings of earlier times. Visitors can see an intriguing series of religious paintings in the Painted Gallery, changing fashions in the Costume Gallery and enjoy a light snack in Provost Skene's Kitchen.

Salmon Bothy

Links Road, Portsoy
Banff AB45 2SS


The Salmon House was purpose built in 1834 by the Seafield Estate, which then owned the salmon fishing rights along the coast. The three-storey building provided an office, a bothy, an ice house, a fish preparation area, workshop and storage accommodation. The Salmon Bothy Museum is housed in what were the ground floor ice house chambers used in the salmon fishing operation.

Scottish Tartans Museum

The Institute Hall, Mid Street
Keith AB55 5BJ


The Scottish Tartan's Museum's main focus is on the history and development of Scottish Highland Dress, namely tartan and the kilt. The museum gallery features original and replica kilts showing styles from the late 16th century till today, with many original kilts dating back over 200 years.

Session Cottage Museum

22 Westfield Road
Turriff AB53 7AF


A 250-year-old but 'n ben cottage furnished as a home of about a century ago. The collection focuses on social and domestic history and includes furniture, furnishings, household equipment, some clothing and personal possessions of local inhabitants of Turriff during the years 1880-1900.

Tolbooth Museum

Old Pier, The Harbour
Stonehaven AB39 2JU


Visit Stonehaven's oldest building - the Earl Marischal's 16th-century storehouse which served as the County Tolbooth of Kincardineshire from 1600-1767 to discover why Episcopal priests were imprisoned here in 1748, Stonehaven's links with the sea, and local bygones.

University of Aberdeen Pathology & Forensic Medicine Collection

Department of Pathology, Medical School, Foresterhill
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD


The Pathology and Forensic Medicine Collection provides an important comprehensive and unique 20th century record of disease manifestations and traumatic pathology. It comprises of more than 2000 specimens and objects.

University of Aberdeen, Anatomy Museum

The Suttie Centre for Teaching & Learning in Healthcare, Foresterhill,
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD


The Anatomy Museum collection comprises specimens and objects that provide a comprehensive reference for normal anatomical conditions, which covers the range of functional body systems. The collection has over 2000 specimans and objects, including human tissue, osteological material, historical anatomical models and information relating to 19th century grave robbing.

University of Aberdeen, Geological Collections

Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology, Meston Building, King's College
Aberdeen AB24 3UE


The Geological Collections are a repository for research material of palaeontological, mineralogical and lithological nature. Numbering around 32,000 specimens, worldwide in scope.

University of Aberdeen, Herbarium

Department of Plant and Soil Science, Cruickshank Building, St Machar Drive, King's College
Aberdeen AB24 3UU


The Herbarium is an internationally important collection. It contains approximately 120,000 specimens and consists of material that is worldwide in scope, with the British and South-East Asian collections forming the core of the collection.

University of Aberdeen, Natural Philosophy Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen University, King's College
Aberdeen AB24 3UE


The Natural Philosophy Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments is one of the most diverse collections in any British University, covering some 250 years. The earliest material dates from the mid-18th century and the most recent from the 21st centruy.