history museums in Aberdeenshire & Moray
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Aberdeenshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Aberdeenshire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Aberdeenshire Museums and Galleries

blank tabMUSEUM OF SCOTTISH LIGHTHOUSESMuseums & Galleries
Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 9DU
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What was it like to live and work on a lighthouse?

How did the Stevenson's join the ranks of the worlds best lighthouse engineers?

Find out by climbing to the top of Kinnaird Head, the first lighthouse built by Scotland's lighthouse service!

Come and discover the unique history of the castle which became a lighthouse in 1787. Inside the Museum, learn about the history of Scotland's lighthouses with our stunning collection of lighthouse lenses, lamps and other material from the Northern Lighthouse Board.

And why not round off your visit with a meal in our tea room and a memento from our shop. The Museum is open all year round.
Tel: 01346 511022
E-mail: admin@lighthousemuseum.org.uk
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blank tabABERDEEN MARITIME MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Shiprow, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY
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The City of Aberdeen's award winning Maritime Museum brings the history of the North Sea to life.

View displays and exciting exhibitions on the offshore oil industry, shipbuilding, fishing and clipper ships then visit the museum shop and licensed cafe.

Awarded a 4 Star museum rating by the Scottish Tourist Board.
Tel: 01224 337700    Fax: 01224 213066
E-mail: info@aagm.co.uk
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blank tabABERDEEN ART GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB10 1FQ
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One of the City's most popular tourist attractions Aberdeen's splendid Art Gallery houses an important fine art collection with particularly good examples of 19th and 20th century works, a rich and diverse applied art collection, an exciting programme of special exhibitions, a gallery shop and a cafe.

Awarded a 3 Star visitor attraction rating by the Scottish Tourist Board.
Tel: 01224 523700    Fax: 01224 632133
E-mail: info@aagm.co.uk
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blank tabTHE BUTTERWORTH GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Ballogie, Aberdeen, AB34 5DP
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The Butterworth Gallery is a family friendly, bright and spacious art gallery with a continuous display of new and original paintings by Howard and Mary Butterworth.

Situated on the scenic South Deeside Road in the heart of Royal Deeside, this Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star rated visitor attraction at Ballogie is a family run business with a vast array of giclees, prints, cards calendars and gifts by artists Howard and daughter Mary of Butterworth Studios Ltd. This unique gallery is a truly unexpected find in the middle of nowhere!

There is ample car and coach space and the gallery is open Thursday to Sunday see website for details.

A warm and friendly welcome awaits from daughter Sarah, who will do all she can to make your visit a memorable one.
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Tel: 01339 886104
E-mail: sarah@butterworthpaintings.co.uk
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blank tabABERDEENSHIRE FARMING MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Aden Country Park, Mintlaw-by-Peterhead, AB42 5FQ
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Interpretation of 20th century estate life through an audiovisual programme, reconstructed horsemans house and costumed guides.

North East farming life and innovation over 200 years are highlighted in the Weel Vrocht Grun (well worked ground) exhibition by use of dioramas, atmospheric soundtrack and video film.

In November 2007, Aden and the Farming Collections were given National Significant Status by the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Museums Council.
Tel: 01771 624590
E-mail: museums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
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blank tabBANFF MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
High Street, Banff, AB45 1AE
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A local museum with material relating to the social and natural history of the town and immediate district.

Collections include scientific instruments which belonged to the astronomer James Ferguson and the natural history collection of Thomas Edward.
Tel: 01771 622807
E-mail: museums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
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blank tabTOLBOOTH MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Tolbooth, Stonehaven, AB39 2JU
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Visit Stonehaven's oldest building - the Earl Marischal's 16th century storehouse which served as the County Tolbooth of Kincardineshire from 1600-1767 to discover: Why Episcopal priests were imprisoned here in 1748, Stonehaven's links with the sea, Local bygones, Local history displays.

Please note Stonehaven Tolbooth is a seasonal museum.

blank tabBANCHORY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Bridge Street, Banchory, AB31 5SX
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A small but interesting local history museum with items associated with Scott Skinner, The Strathspey King.

There is also an excellent exhibition about Deeside and its Royal connections, a natural history diorama, archaeological finds and objects from the local community on display.
Tel: 01330 823367
E-mail: museums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
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blank tabARBUTHNOT MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
St. Peters Street, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, AB42 1QD
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This local history museum contains displays and exhibits relating to Peterhead's past and the town's connection with the whaling industry.

Collections include Eskimo artefacts of international interest and coins.

Newly opened Mr. A's Gallery showcases ethnography and natural history from around the world in a self-learning environment.
Tel: 01771 477778
E-mail: museums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
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blank tabGRAMPIAN TRANSPORT MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Montgarrie Road, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8AE
Award winning museum of the land transport of North East Scotland.

Over 100 road vehicle exhibits many working.

Travellers Rest tea shop is open daily in July and August, otherwise every Sunday.

Outdoor events programme.

Children's play area, picnic area and free parking.
Tel: 019755 62292    Fax: 019755 62180
E-mail: info@gtm.org.uk
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blank tabDEVERON ARTSMuseums & Galleries
Battlehill Lodge, Huntly, AB54 6HX

Deveron Arts is based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire to develop a model of arts participation which increases people's interest and enjoyment of the arts while ensuring that artistic excellence is maintained. Deveron Arts takes a wide view of what constitutes the arts by embracing culture as a whole. We do this work mainly through the implementation of dedicated short and long term artist in residence programmes of various artistic disciplines.
Tel: 01466 794494
E-mail: info@deveron-arts.com
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blank tabTHE BLAIR MUSEUM & ST. MARY'S CHAPELMuseums & Galleries
Deeside Road, Blairs, Aberdeen, AB12 5YQ

You can come face to face with over 500 years of Religious History at the Blairs Museum. The museum is set in part of the former Blairs College on the picturesque Royal Deeside. The Blairs Museum has a remarkable collection of embroidered vestments, church metal work and portraiture from the Royal House of Stewart.
Tel: 01224 863767
E-mail: manager@blairsmuseum.com
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blank tabSANDHAVEN MEAL MILLMuseums & Galleries
Sandhaven, Fraserburgh. AB43 4EP
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See how oatmeal used to be ground in this typical 19th century Scottish meal mill. Guided tours and working demonstration model.
Tel: 01771 622807
E-mail: museums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
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blank tabFORDYCE JOINERS WORKSHOPMuseums & Galleries
Seaview, Back Street, Fordyce, AB45 2SU
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Discover the importance of the rural carpenter to the local community in the days before mass produced goods, with displays of early tools and audio-visual presentation.
Tel: 01771 622807
E-mail: museums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
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blank tabMAUD RAILWAY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Maud, AB42  5LY
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Relive the great days of steam trains at the former Maud Railway Station.

Sound effects add to the nostalgia of varied displays of railway memorabilia.

GNSR and LNER memorabilia.

Photographs of Maud railway heydays.

Browsing corner with books and photographs.
Tel: 01771 622807
E-mail: museums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
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blank tabBanffshire Maritime Heritage Association
6/8 Duff Street, Macduff, Aberdeenshire
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All the exhibitions have been established and organised through a committee and a wonderful group of volunteers.

The ultimate goal of the association is to have a permanent exhibition in premises owned by the association. Fund-raising will continue to try to achieve this aim.

During the summer season there will be a variety of slideshows / videos and films available to view, these will generally be of the local fishing heritage, but may also show local attractions such as the beautiful Banffshire coast.

We will also endeavour to have available visiting slideshows relating to maritime heritage from areas out-with Banffshire. The exhibition includes information and displays on Fishing heritage & Shipbuilding, paintings, old photographs, boats and oil-rig models, stories and poems.
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Duff House

Banff, AB45 3SX
Tel: 01261 818181    Fax: 01261 818900

This magnificent Georgian mansion is now open as a Country House Gallery of the National Galleries of Scotland.

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Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse and Museum

Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 9DU
Tel: 01346 511022

This fine 16th-century castle was altered in 1787 to incorporate the first lighthouse built by the commissioners of the Northern Lighthouses.

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