Arbuthnot Museum, Peterhead

Life on the Sea

MGC Registered Museum

Visit Scotland 2 Star Grading.

Discover the wealth of Peterhead's maritime history in one of Aberdeenshire's oldest museums. See models showing the development of Peterhead fishing boats and find out about:

  • Peterhead's past
  • An important collection of Inuit Artifacts
  • Arctic animals, including a Polar Bear
  • Whaling
  • One of Northern Scotland's largest coin collections
  • Temporary exhibitions with regularly changing program of events in Arbuthnot Gallery
  • A large collection of photos of Peterhead and the surrounding area.

A range of exhibitions and photograph kits are available for loan.

Telephone 01779 477778 or 01771 622807 for further information.


View our top ten photos from the Arbuthnot museum and find out how to order them.

Opening Hours

Free admission.

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm.
Saturday 10.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Closed Wednesday, Sunday and public holidays.


North sea fishing

Thursday 23 February 2017 to Tuesday 28 March 2017


In Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the Arbuthnot Museum in Peterhead is delighted to be hosting a striking exhibition of black and white images shot aboard the seine net fishing boats, 'Mairhead' and 'Argosy,' in the North Sea during the 1990s. These images, by Scottish documentary photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, capture the reality of the life at sea for the fishermen of Scotland’s North East fishing communities – the cramped conditions, the monotony, and the gruelling work in harsh conditions. 'North Sea Fishing' was previously shown at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. After the exhibition concludes in Peterhead, it will travel to Montrose, Arbroath, Shetland, Wick and Thurso.

Address and access

St. Peter Street
AB42 1QD

Location map

Parking: nearest car park is York Street (two blocks away); limited street parking beside museum; disabled car parking at nearby bus station at St. Peter Street/Windmill Street corner.

Access: Please find a link to a disabled access guide for Arbuthnot Museum.

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