tolbooth museum
EXPLORE OUR HISTORY

The city of Aberdeen has a history dating back almost 8,000 years, so it’s no wonder there are a number of different museums, with a host of artefacts, located around the city.

Whether you have an interest in how Aberdeen has grown as a city, its relationship with the oil and gas industry or you just want to explore the range of culture Aberdeen has to offer, there is something for everyone.

Exploring King’s Museum, which is part of the University of Aberdeen Museums, takes you through a series of temporary exhibitions, drawn from the University collections. The collections range from contemporary art, social history and ethnography to archaeology, scientific instruments and natural history. And for the younger generation, the museum offers a primary school workshop programme, working with schools in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire on a variety of topics.

The University also has the only large, international collection of zoological specimens in the north of Scotland. The Zoology Museum is responsible for the care and development of the University's collections of zoological specimens, for promoting their use for teaching and research within the institution and for enhancing the understanding and enjoyment of zoology by the general public.

With a truly gruesome past, The Tolbooth Museum is a must-see for those with a fascination for crime and punishment in Aberdeen. Over the centuries The Tolbooth has witnessed, and often played a part in, some of the key events in Aberdeen's and Scotland's history. In the mid-18th century, the museum was one of the many places associated with one of the darkest episodes of Aberdeen's history.

A number of Aberdeen's merchants and magistrates organised the kidnapping of hundreds of children from both the town and countryside. These children were then stored in various places, including The Tolbooth, before being transported to the Americas and sold as indentured servants.

With so much to see and explore, a full itinerary is a certainty!