The Tolbooth Museum

the Tolbooth Museum

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The Tolbooth Museum is located in one of the oldest Aberdeen’s buildings, the museum has displays of the local history, development of crime and punishment, that happened through the years between the 17th and 18th century, still has the original doors and barred windows.

The Tolbooth Museum can be traced to 1873 when John Forbes White and a number of local art collectors decided to hold a public exhibition to display their collections. Tolbooth opened in 1995. One of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen, which includes 17th-century gaols, this museum traces Aberdeen’s civic history, including the history of crime and punishment. The museum is small in size, however, has a lot of history packed in it.

the Tolbooth Museum

Telephone:  +44 (0) 1224 621167 | Official Website |

How To Get There

  • The nearest Train station is the Aberdeen Station only Five Minutes away.
  • The nearest Ferry Terminal is the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal 22 minutes away.
  • The nearest bus stop is the ‘Castle Street (Stop J2)’ bus services: 1A, N1, 40, 18 and the bridges1 and the bridges 2 stop here.


Free Entry

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM


  • No toilets or a cafe available within The Tolbooth Museum, However, due to Aberdeen Maritime Museum being so close, you can use their facilities.
  • You can download the Museum Floor Plan Guide here: View Floor Plan


The Tolbooth Museum, Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ | Coordinations:  57.1480°N 2.0951°W

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