Opened in spring 2011, the University’s King’s Museum lies at the heart of the old Aberdeen campus. As well as being Scotland’s newest museum, it may also be the oldest as its origins lie in a museum collection in existence in King’s College in 1727. Today, the University of Aberdeen’s museums are among the largest and most important in Scotland, having been awarded the status of a ‘Recognised Collection on National Significance’.
King’s Museum has exhibitions changing every few months to display these collections, some involving students and academic staff collaborating with the museum to bring recent research to a wider audience. With a service for schools, evening lectures and other events, such as the annual 'Night at the Museum’, the museum is a place where objects and ideas are explored in ways that would have been inconceivable to those who have collected and curated the collection over the past centuries.
The museum is a friendly place, where passers-by, students, staff and tourists can drop in for a break; a place of stimulation and reflection in the middle of the busy campus.
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Aberdonians in the Americas
An exhibition exploring the lives of five local collectors who travelled to Latin America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They went to seek their fortunes for different reasons – as explorers, doctors, miners, or missionaries – and met cultures and experiences strikingly different from their lives at home.