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Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum

The City’s award-winning Maritime Museum tells the Aberdeen Maritime Museum captivating story of the North Sea. View exciting exhibitions and displays of the North Boats, the offshore oil industry, shipbuilding and clipper ships. The Museum also has a fascinating programme of exhibitions and displays. New exhibitions include the Aberdeen Harbour Gallery and computer interactives on Aberdeen – everything from fishing techniques to how to “park” your ship in the harbour. Admission is free.

Foreign language guides are available - please ask at reception.

The shop stocks a good selection of gifts and souvenirs for all ages and a range of specialist books.

Visit the Maritime Café for coffee, home bakes, hot and cold snacks and light meals all freshly prepared. Tel: 01224 337703

We also offer an opinion service on maritime objects and paintings as well as material relating to Aberdeen’s industrial and scientifc past. Please bring your item to the Maritime Shop for a curator to examine and it will be returned to you with a written opinion. We are not able to provide valuations. We can also provide information on ships built in Aberdeen and are currently researching this subject in depth. The Aberdeen Ships Database will soon be live via the Council website.

Visit our explorer website for more information about the collections:

Digital prints of selected works in the collections can be ordered on-line at

A full education service is available.

Call Lynsey Merrick on 01224 337712 for information about activites, events and visits.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum is accessible to visitors with disabilities. For information on disabled access to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, please visit


We are currently unable to respond to enquiries, requests for access to the collections, loans to organisations or requests for curator-led talks until further notice.

Access to collections and reference materials is not possible as we pack all of our stored collections and create a new storage facility at Granitehill, Northfield, Aberdeen which will open to the public later this year.

What we have

Aberdeen Built Ships Project

Most of our maritime collections relating to vessels built in Aberdeen are available online at
Use this website to search for information about any of the nearly 3,000 recorded ships built in Aberdeen since 1811 and to see what objects are held at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

We have gathered information about these ships from the shipbuilder’s yard lists; our library of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, from local resources and from the memories of local people associated with the shipyards of Aberdeen.

We have also digitised a large number of objects from Aberdeen Maritime Museum so that photographs, ships plans and other related material are also available to look at online. The website also shows films of ships being built in the mid 20th century.

Lloyd’s Registers of Shipping

Aberdeen Maritime Museum has a good, though incomplete, range of Lloyd's Registers of Shipping from 1778 to 2004. Information contained in these volumes varies. The early period (1778-1849) lists ships which were classified by Lloyd's, giving the name, builder, year of construction, home port and tonnage. Later volumes sometimes give the ship's rig and dimensions.
From 1850 onwards there is usually more detail including engine size (where applicable), master's name and owner. The registers are arranged alphabetically by vessel name so it is not possible to search by master, owner or builder.
Although the vessel's master is usually listed, there is no other information on the crew.

What we do not have

  • Passenger lists
  • Crew lists
  • Information on Masters and Mates
  • Personal details of individuals
  • Ship plans, other than those indicated on 
  • Details of ships built in other port cities

Sources of Information held elsewhere

  • Records of individual seamen/crew lists etc:
    Public Record Office, The National Archives, Kew
  • Vessels entering/leaving Aberdeen Harbour:
    Aberdeen City Archives, 1596-1700 Telephone 01224 523129
    Aberdeen Harbour Board (19th century onwards) Telephone 01224 597000
  • Visit the 'Useful Links' page of the Aberdeen Built Ships Project for information on many more maritime museums and archives with information to assist your research: Aberdeen Build Ships Useful Links  

Related websites:

Information on Aberdeen’s collections available for younger people:

Back to the Aberdeen City Museums and Galleries home page.

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
    Sunday 12noon-3pm
    Tel: 01224 337700


  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum Shiprow

    AB11 5BY
    Phone: 01224 337700

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