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The Tolbooth

Tolbooth The Tolbooth is one of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen and one of the best preserved 17th century Scottish gaols. The museum houses exciting re-constructions, models, displays and interactive exhibits which illustrate the history and development of crime and punishment and of the city of Aberdeen.

Due to the nature of the building, The Tolbooth has very limited access for visitors with mobility difficulties. As only the entrance hall is accessible, a video presentation of the building is available on request.

  • The Tolbooth
    Castle Street
    Aberdeen AB11 5BQ
    Tel: 01224 621167 

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We are currently unable to respond to enquiries, requests for access to the collections, loans to organisations or requests for curator-led talks until further notice.

Access to collections and reference materials is not possible as we pack all of our stored collections and create a new storage facility at Granitehill, Northfield, Aberdeen which will open to the public later this year.

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
    Sunday 12noon - 3pm
    School and community groups can arrange tours
    by calling 01224 337700.

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  • Jenny Brown
    Commemorative Plaques Provision
    Lead Curator (History)
    Aberdeen Maritime Museum
    AB11 5BY
    Phone: 01224 337719

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