A hands-on museum that will delight children of all ages, whether you are 6 years old or 60. This museum is a popular resource for teachers and students, and aims to teach visitors in a fun way. With a planetarium, robots, dinosaurs and more, this is an excellent family day out.
Aberdeen Science Centre, Constitution Street, Aberdeen +44 1224 640340
One of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen, the Tolbooth was the city’s 17th century prison. On display are various waxwork figures in the original cells, as well as a number of artefacts used in the prison; such as iron manacles, a scold’s bridle (a metal gag that fit over the head and compressed the tongue to stop the wearer speaking!), and the original guillotine used for executions in the city, The Maiden. The building is atmospheric, and it is not too hard to imagine how miserable it must have been to have been kept here, whether as a criminal, or a member of the failed Jacobite uprising in 1745 or, most sinisterly, as a child, kidnapped from the surrounding countryside or the town itself, to be sent across the Atlantic and sold by local merchants as an indentured servant.
The Tolbooth, Castle Street, Aberdeen +44 1224 621167
The University of Aberdeen is a hugely important part of the city — and has been for centuries. It should come as no surprise to learn that this extends to an array of different spaces open to the public, whether showcasing art or housing fantastic collections of artefacts. King’s Museum was only opened in 2011 but many of the exhibits are from a collection established in the college in 1727. The exhibitions change regularly, and there are often events such as public lectures. This is a must visit location.
King’s Museum, Old Aberdeen Town House, High Street, Aberdeen +44 1224 274330
The other principal University collection is the Zoology Museum, housing specimens from across the globe. Here the visitor can study different animals from the microscopic to the giant, with bones, taxidermy, skins, and even whole creatures preserved in fluid.
Zoology Museum, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen +44 1224 274330
A work of art in itself, the award winning architecture of the Sir Duncan Rice Library also houses a gallery on the ground floor, open to the public, with the Hardback Café close by. This gallery houses items from the University’s Special Collections, and the exhibits are often changing.