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.


Joseph Byres Edwards

Saturday 1 April 2017 to Thursday 27 June 2017

1999.011.3 North East Farmer - George Findlay,1957-LScp.jpgIn Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the Arbuthnot Museum in Peterhead is delighted to be exhibiting a colourful collection of paintings by north east artist, Joseph Byres Edwards (1933-2000). Edwards was a graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he regularly exhibited his paintings at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. He worked in both oils and tempera. An accomplished portrait painter, he was also interested in representing the human aspect of farming. On display are portraits of two farmers from the north east: Bill Reid and George Findlay. In 1999, Edwards generously donated 16 of his works to Aberdeenshire Council Museums. This is the first time that this collection has been displayed in its entirety.


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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