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.

Imperial Possessions: Sir William MacGregor, doctor, governor, explorer and collector

  • 5 January — 29 May 2016 *on now

This exhibition examines Aberdeen graduate Sir William MacGregor’s career as colonial doctor, administrator and explorer, and his collecting activities in what is now Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, Newfoundland and Australia.

Risen from an impoverished background in nineteenth century rural Aberdeenshire to the role of colonial governor, Macgregor felt himself under an imperative to collect ‘before it was too late’ from the cultures he encountered which were going through rapid change.

On show are highlights from the almost 2000 items that MacGregor donated to the University of Aberdeen museums, from whale tooth ornaments to birds of paradise. These striking objects reveal the impact of colonisation and the relationships between colonial governor and governed.

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.

Fortifying rulership in Pictland: the results of excavations at three fortified enclosures in Northeast Scotland

  • 9 February 2016 From 6:30pm

This talk will outline recent results of the University of Aberdeen’s Northern Picts project which involves undertaking surveys and excavations on Pictish sites from Aberdeenshire to Easter Ross. In this presentation Gordon Noble will focus on the work at three fortified sites: Dunnicaer and Rhynie, both Aberdeenshire and Burghead, Moray and will discuss what the results suggest for the emergence of developed hierarchies within the first millennium AD in Northeast Scotland.

Gordon Noble, University of Aberdeen, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Suitable for

  • Any age




Ice & Fire Logo

Museum Lates: Ice and Fire

  • 18 March 2016 6-9:30pm

Activities on offer throughout the night:

• Music
• Science Demonstrations
• Face painting from artist Ulianka
• Animal handling with Cool Creatures
• Object Handling
• “Volcanoes vs Glaciers” science show-off
• Trail with prizes
• Activities with the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre
• Chance to explore the Museums
• Cash Bar & themed cocktails

Tickets £6 or £4 concession.

Part of British Science Week.

Tickets and more information at

Suitable for

  • 18+


£6 Adults and £4 concession


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




01224 274330

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