Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea. This award-winning museum is located on the historic Shiprow and
incorporates Provost Ross's House, which was built in 1593. The Maritime Museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. It is also the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers visitors a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbour.

Learn about this fascinating North Sea story through fantastic new exhibitions, interactive displays and multi-media presentations. Aberdeen Maritime Museum is acknowledged as one of the finest visitor attractions in Scotland.

Aberdeen's excellent collections of maritime paintings and objects are utilised to the full, in the new museum; with touch screen consoles, computer visual databases, education room and hands-on exhibits all adding a new dimension for visitors and bringing the drama of the North Sea industries such as offshore oil, fishing and shipping, to life.

The complex is open six days a week with a busy programme of special exhibitions and events throughout the year. The licensed Leading Lights Café - an attraction in itself - offers fine food in splendid surroundings and a first class shop sells a wide range or souvenirs, gifts, crafts, books and music with a distinctly nautical flavour.

The Museum's reputation continues with its current Five Star Museum status awarded by Visit Scotland.


If you are interested in visiting our Museums and Galleries, go to our What's On pages for an updated listing of scheduled talks and events. Visitor hours are located on the web page for each individual venue.

Displays of the permanent collection do change within each venue. Works may also go out on loan so please check in advance if you plan a visit to view a particular work.

Group Bookings, Tours and Education at Aberdeen Maritime Museum

We offer a wide range of learning and outreach activities at Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums. We enjoy working with schools, community groups, adult learners and general visitors at our venues. Get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Early Years and Primary Education

At Aberdeen Maritime Museum we can support the following topics:

The Desperate Journey
The Story of Aberdeen
Victorians at Sea

We are always happy to develop tours and visits to meet your requirements. We also offer visits linking to our special exhibitions programme.

Secondary and Further Education

Secondary school teachers wishing to bring their class on a visit to Aberdeen Maritime Museum are advised to contact the relevant member of staff to discuss the varying subjects or to request a specific tour.

If you would like to schedule a tour or school group visit at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, please contact:

Graeme Milne, Formal Learning Officer
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 337710
Fax: +44 (0) 1224 213066
Email: lkeenan@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Granite Jack Trail at Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen Maritime Museum's mascot is a pirate character called "Granite Jack" and a large image of Granite Jack greets visitors in the museum's reception area. We have quiz sheets for our younger visitors to fill in as they go round the building, one is suitable for children under 7 years old and the other is for children 8 years old and above. To help children complete the quiz we have Granite Jack pictures on display throughout the museum leading them to complete the quiz. At the end of the trail, everyone gets a Granite Jack badge to take home, along with the quiz sheet.

For further information on how to schedule a visit to Aberdeen Maritime Museum and participate in the Granite Jack trail with your school group or children's group, please contact:

Graeme Milne, Formal Learning Officer
Telephone +44 (0) 1224 337710
Fax ++44 (0) 1224 213066
Email lkeenan@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Find Us

Aberdeen Maritime Museum
AB11 5BY

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 337700
Fax: +44 (0) 1224 213066

Email: info@aagm.co.uk

Opening hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12noon - 3pm
Closed Monday

Admission free



Museum visitors can find maritime related gifts and objects at the Maritime Museum Shop located inside Aberdeen Maritime Museum on the ground floor.

Shop Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12noon - 3pm.

To contact the Maritime Museum shop, please call + 44 (0) 1224 337701.


If you're visiting the Maritime Museum, the Leading Lights Café is a great place to have tea or coffee, fresh home baked cakes and light meals.

Café Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4:45pm
Sunday 12noon - 2:45pm.

To contact the Leading Lights Café, please call + 44 (0) 1224 337703

Crèche Services

In planning your visit to Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, we are able to offer childcare at the Aberdeen City Council run Leaping Leopards Crèche. The Creche provides childcare for children between birth and 8 years old and is based on Queen Street, opposite Grampian Police Station.

Fees and Bookings
Crèche sessions can be booked in advance or accessed on a drop in basis.

Crèche current charges:

One hour standard rate: £2.60

Access to Leisure rate for qualifying discount cardholders: £1.30

For further information:

Leopards Crèche Service
2 Shoe Lane
AB10 1AL

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 626829
Email: LeapingLeopards@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Web: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/leapingleopardscreche

Access Accessibility

Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers disabled access to most parts of the building.
Pushchairs are also available for small children. Guide dogs are admitted.

For more information on disabled access to Aberdeen Maritime Museum, please visit DisabledGo.

Car Parks and Disabled Parking

City centre parking is conveniently located at:

Harriet Street (450 places)

Loch Street (670)

Denburn (326)

Shiprow (468)

Chapel Street (500)

Summer Street (42)

Gallowgate (138)

West North Street Multi Storey (160)

East North Street (72)

Please download a full pdf listing of car parks available in Aberdeen city centre.

Disabled Parking
Please download a map of disabled parking locations for around Aberdeen city centre (pdf).

Disabled parking spaces are available outside The Robert Gordon University, which is located next to Aberdeen Art Gallery.