Aberdeen Art Gallery
See great art for free!
Aberdeen Art Gallery is home to one of the finest collections in the country. The collection spans 700 years and includes a staggering range of works by local, national and international artists, designers and makers. For over 130 years we have been acquiring the best and most interesting contemporary artworks. We are proud to care for these treasures on behalf of the people of Aberdeen and to share their stories with all our visitors.
Highlights of the displays include works by Joan Eardley, the Scottish Colourists, Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin, Claude Monet and Barbara Hepworth.
Remembrance Hall, Sculpture Court and Level 2
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.
Between 2015 and 2019 the Art Gallery underwent a landmark 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, the Art Gallery must-see for local people and visitors to the city.
Explore the development of the building and collection here.
Gallery 5: Crafting Colour, Gallery 9: Balmoral Phenomenon and Gallery 10: French Impressions
What can I see and do today?
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.
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Exhibitions and events
Enjoy special exhibitions and displays in the bp Galleries on Level 2, temporary exhibitions in Galleries 2 and 3 on the ground floor and spotlight displays in Gallery 19 on Level 2.
Check our What's On pages for details of what to see and do during your visit.
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.
Enjoy a 360° virtual tour of the Gallery, have a 'walk' around, discover more about the buildings and some of the artworks on display. The tour includes audio in a variety of ‘voices’, sharing different perspectives on the collection.
Look, listen, explore! Enjoy specially-curated playlists inspired by the collections.
Photography is permitted in the galleries, for personal use only. Please note we don’t allow:
- Flash photography
- Selfie sticks
- Photographs of children without their permission
If you’d like to use a tripod, permission must be granted in advance, please contact us.
For commercial filming and photography please contact us.