Aberdeen Art Gallery

Aberdeen Art Gallery Scotlands Best Building 2021

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, 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. 



What can I see and do today? 

Permanent collections 
Each of our 18 collections galleries has its own story to tell. The ground-floor Sculpture Court is a good place to start, then move to Gallery 1: Collecting Art - but you can start anywhere.

Download updated Covid Gallery Map


Special exhibitions 
Enjoy special exhibitions and displays in G2 on the ground floor, G19 and in the BP Galleries on Level 2

Look, listen, explore! Enjoy specially-curated playlists inspired by the collections


Bloomberg Connects App

Explore Aberdeen Art Gallery in a new way.

The Bloomberg Connects app is a free digital guide that takes you deeper into our collection, building and exhibitions. We hope you’ll be inspired, delighted and entertained by the layers of stories, voices, music and poetry in the Bloomberg Connects app and that you use it again and again to discover more about this locally loved and internationally celebrated collection. 
We welcome all visitors. Our staff are happy to help as you enjoy the digital guide.



  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs welcome 

  • Lift to all floors and level access to all spaces 

  • Changing Places Toilet on Level 2 

  • Power-assisted wheelchairs welcome 

  • Large print labels, magnifiers and portable stools are available 

  • Induction hearing loops at the Welcome Desk, ground-floor café servery, Cowdray Hall and Learning Space. Portable hearing system also available.  

  • Quiet Time is on a Monday afternoon 

  • Our staff have taken part in Dementia Friends training 

  • We are part of the Breastfeeding Welcome scheme

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