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.
Bright Ideas Poster

Bright Ideas: The Art and Science of Light

  • 9 June — 28 November 2015 *on now

From illuminating our world to exploring the universe around us, people have interacted with light in diverse ways. In this age of scientific advancement do we take light for granted? Re-evaluate your perception of light and its complexities at this new temporary exhibit.

The exhibit showcases objects from the University of Aberdeen Museum's scientific instrument, human culture and science collections, many on display for the first time.

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.

Crannogs and Castles: The artificial island of north-east Scotland’

  • 12 January 2016 7:30-9pm

Crannogs are often considered a western or Atlantic phenomenon in Scotland, despite the presence of a handful of crannogs in north-east Scotland. This region has been consistently over-looked, but new work has shown that there were probably many more crannogs in this region than previously recognised. As such, there is a great need to begin to uncover what crannogs in north-east Scotland are and what they are doing in the landscape. This talk will share the first modern glimpses of the island dwelling tradition in this part of Scotland from uncertain Iron Age origins to medieval lordly residences.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 18+




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




01224 274330

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