Aberdeen Art Gallery

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Aberdeen Art Gallery
Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY
  • Telephone 03000 200293
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 11am–4pm.
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  • Website www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/AAGM
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Aberdeen Art Gallery

Aberdeen Art Gallery was established in 1884, in a purpose built building by architect Alexander Marshall Mackenzie. It underwent a major renovation from 2015-2019 led by Hoskins Arcihtects. It saw a new dome to the main gallery, a widened balcony in the Memorial Court, which was opened in 1925 by King George V in memory of those killed in the Great War, re-establishment of the link to Cowdray Hall, and upgrading all the galleries. The McBey Library at the rear of the gallery also benefitted from the renewal programme.

The institution developed a notable modern and contemporary collection including works by Paul Nash, Iain McKenzie Smith, Francis Bacon, Ben Nicholson, Wiinfred Nicholson, Gwen John, Ken Currie, Gilbert & George, Ivor Abrahams, Bridget Riley and Bruce McLean. Earlier centuries are represented by Henry Raeburn, William Hogarth, Allan Ramsay and Joshua Reynolds.

There is a cafe on the ground floor.

Harriet St provides the nearest car park.

We are immensely proud to have been announced as a winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020, the most prestigious museum prize in the world.

Aberdeen Art Gallery is home to one of the finest collections in the country.

From Brueghel to Borland, Landseer to Lambie and from Guthrie to Gibb, Aberdeen Art Gallery’s collection spans over 700 years and includes a staggering range of works by artists, designers and makers. For over 130 years we have been acquiring the best and most interesting contemporary artworks. Today this Recognised Collection of National Significance is regarded as one of the UK’s finest. We are proud to care for these treasures on behalf of the people of Aberdeen and to share their stories with all our visitors.

The Building Designed in the neo-classical style by Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, Aberdeen Art Gallery opened in 1885. It was extended in the 1920s with the addition of the Cowdray Hall concert venue, the interior Remembrance Hall and the exterior Cenotaph, all by the original architect. Discover more about the Art Gallery’s history, and what we collect and why here.

Re-vitalised, re-born Between 2015 and 2019 the Art Gallery underwent a once-in-a-lifetime redevelopment supported by Aberdeen City Council and the National lottery Heritage Fund and led by Hoskins Architects. With more treasures on display and vastly improved visitor facilities Aberdeen Art Gallery, which includes the Cowdray Hall concert venue and the Remembrance Hall, is a must-see on any visit to the city.

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Events at this venue

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The Book of Deer

During Scotland’s Year of Stories the remarkable 10th-century Book of Deer illuminated manuscript is returning to the North-East of Scotland for the first time in more than 1,000 years. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Book of Deer Project community heritage group has secured the loan of this…

Sat 20 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 21 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Mon 22 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 41 more dates until 2 Oct

Cabrach ReConnections

During 2021 artists Lynne Strachan and Mary Bourne developed an arts project in The Cabrach, a remote upland area in Moray, just over the border with Aberdeenshire, and close to where they both live. Their project set out to find ways for people to reconnect, with each other and with nature, through activities such as…

Sat 20 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 21 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Mon 22 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 20 more dates until 11 Sep

Creative Collective: Flash Fiction Workshop

Ages 15–21yrs Inspired by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, join writer Rae Cowie to explore medieval riches in the exhibition The Galloway Hoard: Viking-Age Treasure to inspire your own flash fiction story. Create your clan of characters and design your own medieval hero to illustrate your story.

Sat 10 Sep

£5 / 03000200293

Dudendance present Alien Species

What would a new alien species look like if plastics mutated into living beings? Dudendance bring a new site-responsive production to Aberdeen Art Gallery with spectacular costumes inspired by what ecologists call “non-native species”, some with internal skeletal structures that can be shed, shaped and transformed in…

Thu 25 Aug

Times to be confirmed / Free / 03000200293

Fri 26 Aug

Times to be confirmed / Free / 03000200293

Sat 27 Aug

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…and 32 more dates until 28 Sep

Friends Weekend

Friend: noun. 1 a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection 2 familiar or helpful thing 3 a person who supports a particular cause or organisation Get to know our Friends! Founded in 1975 the Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums provide vital support for our work. Over the years they’ve helped us to…

Sat 17 Sep

Times to be confirmed / Free / 03000200293

Sun 18 Sep

Times to be confirmed / Free / 03000200293

Mon 19 Sep

Times to be confirmed / Free / 03000200293

…and 29 more dates until 18 Oct

Gallery Late: Medieval Mayhem

There’s been a medieval murder! Or has there? Take part in this thrilling murder mystery to search the Gallery and interrogate prime suspects. Who can solve the mystery and claim the reward? Join us for this special after-hours event inspired by our exhibitions Book of Deer and The Galloway Hoard: Viking-Age Treasure. As…

Fri 30 Sep

£15 / 03000200293

The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure

Bringing together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland, the internationally significant Galloway Hoard is transforming our understanding of Scotland’s connections with the wider world during this period. The Hoard was buried around AD 900 and contains over 100…

Sat 20 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 21 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Mon 22 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 62 more dates until 23 Oct

Grave Goods

Burial practices around the world celebrate lives and honour deaths. They are determined by culture, religion, climate and geography and might use earth, air, fire and water. In some cultures, it is believed that people continue to live in the afterlife as they did during their earthly existence. Practical items like…

Sat 20 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 21 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Mon 22 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 6 more dates until 28 Aug

Kenny Hunter - Sculpture Court

For sculptor Kenny Hunter the monument is a form in flux. Sculpture Court, his new exhibition for Aberdeen Art Gallery, is both a provocation and a reflection on the role of public artforms such as the traditional monument. Monuments are loaded with meaning, they stand as testaments to our social and political pasts…

Sat 20 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

Sun 21 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

Mon 22 Aug

Free / 03000 200293

…and 69 more dates until 30 Oct

Local Heritage Symposium: That Belongs in a Museum!

That belongs in a museum…! Or does it? Join us for a day exploring how artefacts end up in museums, who puts them there and why – and what it all means once they’re part of a collection.

Sat 24 Sep

Free / 03000200293

Scots Gaelic Café

We invite Aberdeen’s Gaelic speakers to come together to explore the Book of Deer and the oldest surviving example of written Scots Gaelic within its margins.

Sat 20 Aug

Free / 03000200293

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Talk: The Galloway Hoard

Dr Adrian Maldonado will unearth the history and stories surrounding the Galloway Hoard, currently on display in Aberdeen Art Gallery. Discover how these stunning objects were assembled 1,100 years ago, and how they are reshaping our understanding of the Viking Age in Scotland.

Wed 7 Sep

Free / 03000200293

  • 12:30 – 13:30