About Museums and Special Collections

Welcome to the Museums and Special Collections blog!

Museums and Special Collections are home to The University of Aberdeen’s historic collections of books, archives and museum objects.

Housed in climatically controlled facilities, the museum collections are internationally renowned and are Recognised as of national significance by the Scottish Government. Originating in the eighteenth century, they now have over 300,000 items across a wide range of Human Culture, Medicine and Health, and Natural History.

Special collections, meanwhile, comprise over 200,000 rare printed books – including more than 4,000 16th century items – as well as 5,000 irreplaceable archival collections, with material dating as far back as the 3rd century BC. The collections cover all aspects of the history and culture of the University, the City of Aberdeen, the region and the relationship they enjoy with the wider world, and are available to be consulted in the Wolfson Reading Room on the Lower Ground Floor. 

For more information visit the Museums and Special Collections web pages at


Contact us
Museums and Special Collections, The Sir Duncan Rice Library
University of Aberdeen, Bedford Road, Aberdeen AB24 3AA

t: (01224) 272598

e: uoacollections@abdn.ac.uk

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