Aberdeen Maritime Museum

The Aberdeen Maritime Museum houses one of the city's most impressive historical collections and tells the story of the relationship between its people and the North Sea. The museum is a great place to take the entire family when visiting Scotland.

An impressive collection

Following a major expansion and renovation in 1997, the museum now boasts five times as much exhibition space for guests to explore. Some of the most popular exhibits include a real clipper ship plus various items from working oil rigs and trawler vessels. Aberdeen's excellent collections of maritime paintings and objects are on full display in the new museum and are carefully combined with both modern and traditional forms of art display, including touch screen consoles, an education room, and interactive, hands-on exhibits. This diversified approach adds to the visitor experience, helping to bring to life the North Sea offshore oil, fishing, and shipping industries across several centuries.

Learn about the people of Aberdeen

The collections at Aberdeen Maritime Museum help visitors learn about the lives of the people who built and sailed ships throughout the region. A variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions explain how the North Sea and its various industries have helped shape the city. Visit exhibits detailing the rich maritime history of Aberdeen, including impressive ship models. You can also discover the archaeological history of Aberdeen's people, and see tools, clothing, and artwork from past to present.

Shopping and dining options

You'll find a café conveniently located in the museum should you need a light meal during your visit. You can stop in for Fair Trade tea or coffee and snacks as well. There is also a Maritime Shop located inside Aberdeen Maritime Museum on the ground floor, where you can find the perfect souvenir.

Plan your visit to the museum

The museum stands on the aptly named Shiprow area overlooking the north side of Aberdeen harbor. The original section of the museum was housed in the historic Provost Ross's House, built in 1593. The majority of the nautical collection now sits within the most modern section of the expanded blue glass façade structure, with the remaining display housed in the adjoining Trinity Church. Aberdeen Maritime Museum is open seven days a week and offers special exhibitions and events throughout the year. A must for sea-loving visitors to the Granite City, this educational museum in Aberdeen is ideal for tourists of all ages.