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Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Aberdeen

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Situated on the historic Shiprow in the center of Aberdeen, Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of this maritime city and its rich history. Built in converted historical buildings, the museum offers spectacular views of the harbor. Enjoy interactive exhibits on fishing techniques, and even get the knack of how to park your ship in the harbor. Learn about the city's relationship with "North Boats," the offshore oil industry, the history of shipbuilding, and fast clipper ships. Entry is free and the museum is a good rainy-day activity. Furthermore, the museum provides a service on maritime objects and paintings, offering advice on potential value. If you drive, parking on Shiprow can be expensive, so park in a nearby shopping center and walk to the museum instead. Photography requires prior permission, so ask beforehand. Make Aberdeen Maritime Museum a part of your Aberdeen vacation plans using our Aberdeen itinerary builder.
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  • This is about 5 minutes walk from the train and bus stations and 5 minutes from Union Street. Revisited here after a few years and still spent a good time looking around the floors here. This is a fre...  more »
  • A great place to visit right in the middle of town, interesting exhibitions and free to enter. It also has a coffee shop and great views over the harbour. Suitable for all ages  more »
  • What an enjoyable experience. Really interesting. Enjoyed the North Sea oil rig part of the museum. Old Aberdeen port section was great. Recommend to anyone.  more »
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  • A superb museum. Features a lot about oil and gas industry. Interesting history of the North Sea. Educational and entertaining for all ages. Definitely worth a visit in Aberdeen. Very friendly staff.
  • Excellent place to learn about Aberdeen history in maritime industry. Suitable for both kids and adults. There are many exhibition provided. We spent more than 3 hours to complete the whole tours. Wish to go again.
  • Very interesting museum.. worth a visit if u get some free time in Aberdeen.. it's very near to Aberdeen port & union square.. the museum gives a lot of information regarding the history of oil industry.. entry is free, there is a cafeteria inside..
  • Very interesting museam. Ship building history ships oil industry. Also was hosting a exhibition called 'kiss of death' see photo's and video. Nice cafe downstrairs.
  • A great educational experience fo the whole family, this museum focuses on the maritime history of Aberdeen. There are a variety of multisensory experiences including piloting a drone through water. Staff are friendly and great at delivering experiences.

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Aberdeen offers a wide range of accommodation options, including hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts. You'll be able to find something within your budget, whether you're looking for an inexpensive option or a luxurious five-star hotel. For the latter, you may have to stay just outside the city and have access to a car to easily be able to come and go. Nearby towns such as Stonehaven have popular tourist attractions and are an attractive alternative to staying directly in Aberdeen.
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