King's Museum, University of Aberdeen

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.

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.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 11.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday - Monday: Closed

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Being and Becoming

Being and Becoming: exploring the creative balance of the artist teacher

  • 31 October 2016 — 15 March 2017 *on now

An exhibition of an ongoing research study exploring the creative balance of being an artist and teacher. This work in progress unveils the unique socially-shaped histories of six artist teachers based in North East Aberdeen.

Suitable for

  • Any age





Aberdonians in the Americas

  • 10 January — 27 May 2017 *on now

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.

There will be two public lectures associated with the exhibition:

Aberdonians in early Bolivian industry: The Penny and Duncan mining company, Dr Maggie Bolton, University of Aberdeen. Tuesday 24th January 7.30pm, Regent Building Lecture Theatre

Adventuring Aberdonians: the lives, travels and collecting of James W. H. Trail and John McPherson, Professor Patience Schell, University of Aberdeen. Tuesday 14th March 7.30pm, Regent Building Lecture Theatre.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Medieval Aberdeen’s digital future: unlocking Scotland’s burgh records

  • 7 March 2017 7:30-8:30pm

For their richness and continuity, Aberdeen’s early council registers are among the most important urban legal records of fifteenth-century northern Europe. They represent the earliest and most complete body of surviving records of any Scottish town, and are inscribed on the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register. This lecture will explore the nature of these burgh records, and present some of the work emerging from the three-year digital humanities project, Law in the Aberdeen Council Registers, which Dr Armstrong leads.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17


King's Museum, University of Aberdeen
Old Aberdeen Town House
High Street
AB24 3EN

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01224 274330

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