Culture in Aberdeen

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The city of Aberdeen in Scotland has amenities that cover a wide range of cultural activities, including a selection of museums and galleries. There are festivals and theatrical events throughout the year.

Notable attractions[edit]


Aberdeen has a thriving theatre scene with the largest theatrical events being held in His Majesty's Theatre. The smaller Aberdeen Arts Centre is a voluntary run theatre that normally caters for local events, often those held in the name of charity. The Lemon Tree is another small theatre that has small theatrical programmes such as pantomimes at Christmas and small charity events.


Aberdeen gained prominence in the art world by introducing Scottish art to the rest of Britain and the world through the works of George Jamesone. Jamesone's achievements provided the opportunity for other Scottish artists to follow in his footsteps and make their art available throughout Scotland, and the rest of the world. In 1884 a neo-Classical building was built for the purpose of displaying the world's finest art; subsequently this was called the Aberdeen Art Gallery. Within this Gallery the impressive permanent painting collection of Damien Hirst, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Francis Bacon, Monet and Renoir have been held for over 100 years, allowing the inhabitants of Aberdeen and visitors to the city alike to admire their collected works in one central hub.

Places of artistic interest in Aberdeen[edit]

Famous Aberdeen artists[edit]

The city is regularly visited by Scotland's National Arts Companies. The Aberdeen Art Gallery houses a collection of Impressionist, Victorian, Scottish and 20th Century British paintings as well as collections of silver and glass. It also includes The Alexander Macdonald Bequest, a collection of late 19th century works donated by the museum's first benefactor and a constantly changing collection of contemporary work and regular visiting exhibitions.[1]


The Aberdeen Maritime Museum, located in Shiprow, tells the story of Aberdeen's links with the sea from the days of sail and clipper ships to the latest oil and gas exploration technology. The museum includes a range of interactive exhibits and models, including an 8.5 m (28 ft) high model of the Murchison oil production platform and a 19th-century assembly taken from Rattray Head lighthouse.[2]

Provost Ross' House is the second oldest dwelling house in the city. It was built in 1593 and became the residence of Provost John Ross of Arnage in 1702. The house retains some original medieval features, including a kitchen, fireplaces and beam-and-board ceilings.[3] The Gordon Highlanders Museum tells the story of one of Scotland's best known regiments.[4]

The Marischal Museum holds the principal collections of the University of Aberdeen, comprising some 80,000 items in the areas of fine art, Scottish history and archaeology, and European, Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology. The museum is open to the public, but also provides an important resource for the University's students and researchers. The permanent displays and reference collections are augmented by regular temporary exhibitions.[5]



Aberdeen's music scene includes a variety of live music venues including pubs, clubs, and a number of churches with thriving choirs. The music scene is particularly prevalent in the bars of Belmont Street. Cèilidhs are also common in some of the city's halls. Popular venues include The Lemon Tree, The Tunnels, the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, and Aberdeen Music Hall. Aberdonian musicians include Evelyn Glennie, Seb Rochford and Annie Lennox.

See also[edit]

Aberdeen Art
Aberdeen Art Gallery


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  2. ^ "Aberdeen Maritime Museum". Aberdeen Art Galleries and Museums. Archived from the original on 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Provost Ross' House". The Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  4. ^ "The Gordon Highlanders Museum". Army Museums Ogilby Trust. Archived from the original on 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Marischal Museum: Introduction". University of Aberdeen. Archived from the original on 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  6. ^ "DanceLive". "DanceLive festival". Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
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  8. ^ "New Words". "New Words festival". Retrieved 6 March 2012. 

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